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IRE 2020 schedule

232 sessions confirmed • Updated September 29 • All times are ET

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IRE 2020 will be a virtual event, with some live sessions, some pre-recorded sessions and some on-demand data training. The conference will run from Monday, September 21, to Friday, September 25, on the Pathable platform.

🚨 Registered attendees can access the conference here 🚨

Note: You must first create a login via a link sent to your email. Search your inbox for "Pathable" to find the email. If you can't find it, please email logistics@ire.org.

Sessions run from noon to 4 p.m. Eastern Time all week. The keynote session with Ronan Farrow, the IRE Awards Celebration and other fun activities will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Registration is open through Sept. 25. Click here to register.

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Monday, 9/21

Sessions starting at 8 a.m. ET

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Help desk

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET (240m)

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Stuck trying to find your way around, make your profile, navigate the schedule, or sort out some tech issues? Drop by the live help desk to get your questions answered.

The help desk is open to everyone, including attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and recruiters.

Speaker

Stephanie Klimstra, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Sessions starting at 12 p.m. ET

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Welcome to #IRE20: Watchdog from Home

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Welcome to IRE's first virtual conference!

In this opening session, hear from IRE's Executive Director Doug Haddix and Board President Cheryl W. Thompson as we kick off #IRE20 and welcome journalists from across the U.S. and world. IRE Deputy Executive Director Denise Malan also will give an overview of the conference schedule and tips such as:

* Navigating the Pathable platform and schedule

* Making the most of your time, including how to network with fellow attendees, speakers, exhibitors and recruiters

* Highlights of IRE Awards celebration and happy hour on Wednesday evening

* How to get technical help this week

This session is sponsored by NBC News & NBC Owned Television Stations. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Doug Haddix, Investigative Reporters & Editors 👇

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Denise Malan, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Cheryl W. Thompson, NPR 👇

Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police and the unsolved murders of six Black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards.

On Twitter: @cherylwt

Sessions starting at 1:15 p.m. ET

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Conversation: Making numbers count

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

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With so much data to deal with these days, we'll give you some guidelines for getting common calculations right, tips for writing/talking about numbers and we'll discuss your questions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Jaimi Dowdell, Reuters 👇

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Jennifer LaFleur, American University 👇

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Master class: Strategies for avoiding defamation claims

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 4 p.m. ET (165m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Track: Master class

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This workshop will focus on understanding the law of libel and defamation, as well as best practices to limit your personal and organizational risk. We will review the fundamentals of the law and engage in exercises to help illustrate what media attorneys look for when they conduct pre-publication review of your content. Reporters, photographers, documentary filmmakers, producers, editors and other managers are welcome.

This class will cover:

* The ins and outs of libel cases, including common law and constitutional defenses, privileges for opinion and using public records, and the effect of corrections, denials and using anonymous sources

* Recent trends in libel lawsuits, including lawsuits brought by the president and other public officials

* Risk analysis and red flags in the pre-publication phase

* Special legal issues relating to digital media

Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.

Speakers

George Freeman, Media Law Resource Center 👇

Before becoming executive director of the Media Law Resource Center, a nonprofit supporting media companies in legal matters, George was vice president and assistant general counsel of The New York Times Company, where he worked for over 30 years. At the Times, George counseled the newsroom, vetted articles and was responsible for Times litigation, including libel and invasion of privacy cases. He was the William Brennan Visiting Professor at the Columbia Journalism School.

Jeff Hermes, Media Law Resource Center 👇

Jeff Hermes is deputy director of the Media Law Resource Center, where he focuses on digital media law issues. Jeff previously served as the director of the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Before that, Jeff assisted a wide array of clients in First Amendment, media, intellectual property and Internet law issues over 14 years in private practice.

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Meet the authors: "The Grifter's Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency"

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Chat with the authors of "The Grifter's Club," which delves into President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida known for its famous and wealthy clientele.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Sarah Blaskey, Miami Herald 👇

Sarah Blaskey is an investigative reporter and data specialist for the Miami Herald. She and her colleagues were finalists for the 2020 Livingston Award for national reporting.

On Twitter: @blaskey_s

Nicholas Nehamas, Miami Herald 👇

Nicholas Nehamas is an investigative reporter at the Miami Herald, where he was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that broke the Panama Papers story in 2016. He and his Herald colleagues were also named Pulitzer finalists in 2019 for the series “Dirty Gold, Clean Cash.” In 2020, he co-authored the book “The Grifter’s Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency.” He joined the Herald in 2014.

On Twitter: @NickNehamas

Caitlin Ostroff, The Wall Street Journal 👇

Caitlin Ostroff is a London-based reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she using coding, data analysis and shoe-leather reporting to cover the world of finance. Previously, she was a data reporter for the Miami Herald covering Mar-a-Lago, elections and health. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and a strong proponent of student journalism, having gotten her start at The Independent Florida Alligator.

On Twitter: @ceostroff

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Networking: Educators

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for journalism educators. All levels of experience welcome.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

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Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Grand Valley State University 👇

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is an investigative journalist, author and the Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Chair of Civil Discourse at Grand Valley State University. He is the founder and executive of the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ). His work has earned national and international recognition from organizations like IRE and the National Association of Black Journalists. A Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Specialist and Fulbright Teacher, he has written or edited six books.

On Twitter: @JeffKLO

Mira Lowe, University of Florida 👇

Mira Lowe is assistant dean for student experiences at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and director of the Innovation News Center, an award-winning newsroom of student and professional journalists serving North Central Florida via multiple distribution channels, including PBS, NPR and ESPN. Mira has worked at CNN, Ebony and JET magazines, Newsday and New York Newsday. She is also president of the Journalism And Women Symposium (JAWS).

On Twitter: @miralowe

Deborah Nelson, University of Maryland 👇

Deborah Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and associate professor at the University of Maryland, home of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. She previously worked at the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, the Washington Post and Chicago Sun-Times. She also is a former IRE president.

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Networking: Early-career journalists

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for any journalist, educator or student in the early years of their career.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

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Ashley Graham, WLNS-TV 👇

Ashley Graham is a reporter/MMJ with WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan. She honed her investigative and multimedia skills in Chicago and Washington D.C. while completing a Master of Science in Journalism degree at Northwestern University. She has covered developments at Michigan State University in the wake of the Larry Nassar investigation and trial, the road to the 2020 election, the ripple effects of COVID-19 particularly in Michigan's prisons, and city financial woes.

On Twitter: @wlnsashley

Zack Newman, KUSA/9News Denver 👇

Zack Newman is an investigative data producer within 9Wants to Know, 9NEWS' Investigative Unit, in Denver, Colorado. The University of Missouri graduate came to Denver by way of MSNBC and ABC News in New York City. When not reporting, he's likely hiking, eating ice cream or doing improv comedy.

On Twitter: @ZackNewsMan

Olivia Sanchez, The Capital Gazette 👇

Olivia is a reporter at The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, where she covers local and state government. She previously worked on the breaking news desk at USA TODAY; as an editorial fellow at The UNESCO Courier in Paris, France; and as a reporting intern at the Portland (Oregon) Tribune. Olivia earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Portland.

On Twitter: @oliviarsanchez

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Story idea blitz: 36 COVID-19 story ideas in 30 minutes

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Track: Coronavirus

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Break open those notebooks and get ready to fill them with story ideas! This fast-paced, 30-minute session will give you months worth of investigative and watchdog story ideas on the COVID-19 beat.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Marhsall Allen, ProPublica 👇

Marshall Allen investigates why we pay so much for health care in the United States and get so little in return. He has been with ProPublica since 2011 and is author of the upcoming book "Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win," coming spring 2021 from Penguin Random House. Before he was in journalism, Allen spent five years in full-time ministry, including three years in Nairobi, Kenya. He has a master’s degree in theology.

On Twitter: @marshall_allen

Rachana Pradhan, Kaiser Health News 👇

Rachana Pradhan, correspondent for Kaiser Health News, reports on a broad array of national health policy decisions and their effect on everyday Americans. A trusted source for clear, accurate reporting on the Affordable Care Act, health care entitlement programs and federal agencies, she has reported on both the policy and political dimensions of the biggest health care issues of the last decade. She started at Kaiser Health News in January 2020 after a five-year stint at POLITICO.

On Twitter: @rachanadixit

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Tracking money to candidates up and down the ballot in 2020

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Election 2020

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The 2020 election will see record levels of spending. This panel will provide a host of useful tips and advice on how to best track the money flowing into the campaigns of candidates up and down the ballot. Experts will explain how to use tools like FEC.gov, OpenSecrets.org, and FollowTheMoney.org to find the patterns — and anomalies — that will help you uncover relationships hidden in campaign finance data.

The Election Track is sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom webinar room where attendees are not on video and can raise their hands to speak to presenters.

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Michael Beckel, Issue One 👇

Michael Beckel is research director at Issue One, a bipartisan political reform group in Washington, D.C. For more than a decade, he worked as a reporter focusing on money in politics, with stints at the Center for Public Integrity, Center for Responsive Politics and Mother Jones. His expertise is regularly sought out by the media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, POLITICO and C-SPAN, among other outlets.

On Twitter: @mjbeckel

Jessica Piper, Bangor Daily News 👇

Jessica is a data and politics reporter at the Bangor Daily News covering state and federal government issues, including campaign finance and the 2020 elections. A Colorado native and 2019 graduate of Bowdoin College, she previously interned at NPR and the Center for Responsive Politics. She is based in Augusta, Maine.

On Twitter: @jsscppr

Denise Roth Barber, National Institute on Money in Politics 👇

Denise Roth Barber has served as managing director of the National Institute on Money in Politics since 2010, after four years as research director and seven years as researcher. Prior, Barber was a community organizer for six years with the Northern Plains Resource Council in eastern/central Montana, and she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, Africa, from 1987-1990.

Derek Willis, ProPublica 👇

Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He previously worked as a developer and reporter at The New York Times, a database editor at The Washington Post and at the Center for Public Integrity and Congressional Quarterly.

On Twitter: @derekwillis

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Sourcing during COVID

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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The Broadcast Track is sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Jodie Fleischer, NBC4 Washington 👇

Jodie is an investigative reporter with NBC4 in Washington and joined the IRE Board in 2019. Her work has changed laws to limit special treatment for accused police officers, house stealing by sovereign citizens and misuse of real estate law to hold up home sales. Jodie has been honored by the FBI Director and the head of Georgia's police training agency. She's earned an IRE Award, an Alfred I. duPont Award, multiple Emmys and Murrows.

On Twitter: @jodienbc4

Kyle Iboshi, KGW 👇

Kyle Iboshi is an investigative reporter with KGW in Portland, Oregon. Since joining KGW in 2000, Kyle has received awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Asian American Journalists Association. Kyle has participated in international reporting fellowships to Germany, Korea and Japan. He attended the Journalists Law School at Loyola Law School and was selected for the Kiplinger Fellowship.

On Twitter: @kyleiboshi

A.J. Lagoe, KARE 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul 👇

A.J. Lagoe is an investigative reporter for KARE11 in Minneapolis, Minn. His reporting regularly leads to criminal convictions, sparks legislative hearings, and prompts new federal and state laws. A.J. has earned many of journalism’s highest honors including the IRE, duPont-Columbia University, George Polk, National Headliner & Sigma Delta Chi awards.

On Twitter: @AJInvestigates

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How to secure your information online

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Security

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The 2020 US election is expected to be fraught with digital attacks from a variety of actors in cyberspace, ranging from online trolls, hacktivists, foreign countries, and the US government itself. Journalists who cover the elections are at a higher risk for these attacks, given the already hostile environment online we've witnessed for folks covering various aspects of US politics over the past four years. The goal of this panel would be to talk about election-related digital threats that the information security space is seeing target journalists, and talk about these attacks, how to prevent them, and proactive online protection practices during the months coming up to the election.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Neena Kapur, The New York Times 👇

Neena Kapur is the security intelligence manager at The New York Times, where she works to proactively identify and defend against digital security threats targeting journalists and the news media industry. Previously, she worked as a threat intelligence analyst researching cybercriminal activity. Neena is passionate about finding accessible security solutions that cater to different people, groups and use cases.

On Twitter: @neenahyena

Kristen Larson Kozinski, The New York Times 👇

Kristen manages the security education program at The New York Times. Before joining The Times, she worked as an application security engineer and helped build secure coding education at email marketing platform Mailchimp. She is passionate about building accessible security education and resources for journalists around the world.

On Twitter: @dontclickonthat

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Directing high-stakes investigative projects

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Career & management skills

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The targets can be powerful, the victims scared or flawed, the topics complex. How do you guide reporters around the land mines of investigative work to craft accurate, compelling stories? This panel will discuss strategies for getting sources to open up, creating processes to keep reporters on track and bullet-proofing stories where the legal risk is high.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Raney Aronson, FRONTLINE 👇

Raney Aronson-Rath is the executive producer of FRONTLINE, PBS’s flagship investigative journalism series, and a leading voice on the future of journalism. Aronson-Rath oversees FRONTLINE’s acclaimed reporting on air and online and directs the series’ editorial vision, executive producing more than 20 documentaries each year on critical issues facing the country and world. Under her leadership, FRONTLINE has earned every major award in broadcast journalism, including Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards and the first Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Gold Baton awarded in a decade.

On Twitter: @raneyaronson

Kimbriell Kelly, Los Angeles Times 👇

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Louise Kiernan, ProPublica Illinois 👇

Louise Kiernan is editor-in-chief of ProPublica Illinois, the first regional operation of ProPublica. She came to ProPublica from Northwestern University, where she was an associate professor of journalism and leader of the social justice and investigative journalism specialization. Prior to that, she worked for the Chicago Tribune for 18 years, serving as the newspaper’s enterprise editor, writing coach and a special projects team editor and reporter, among other roles.

On Twitter: @louisekiernan

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AMA: Errin Haines, The 19th

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

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Errin Haines, the first editor-at-large of The 19th, a new nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender, policy and politics, will take your questions in this AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session.

Haines was previously the Associated Press' National Writer on Race and Ethnicity. She has also worked at The Washington Post, The Orlando Sentinel and The Los Angeles Times. She also is an MSNBC contributor. Find her on Twitter at @emarvelous

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom webinar room where attendees are not on video and can raise their hands to speak to presenters.

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Bethany Barnes, Tampa Bay Times 👇

Bethany Barnes is a reporter on the investigations team at the Tampa Bay Times. She came to the Times from The Oregonian, where her coverage of Portland Public Schools prompted the Education Writers Association to name Barnes the nation’s best education beat reporter in 2018. Barnes is part of the team that produces Local Matters, a weekly newsletter that showcases local investigative journalism.

On Twitter: @betsbarnes

Errin Haines, The 19th 👇

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IRE20 mentorship program kick-off (invitation only)

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Meet your match at this special event for participants in the conference mentor program. We'll welcome you to the program and explain how mentorship will work in this virtual world.

The mentorship program is sponsored by Scripps Howard Foundation and the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Doug Haddix, Investigative Reporters & Editors 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

Sessions starting at 1:45 p.m. ET

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Conversation: Pitching an investigative freelance story

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Mark Greenblatt, Scripps 👇

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Behind the story: Color of Public Money by WGBH

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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Go behind the story to hear about the data, documents, tips and sources to learn how to find similar stories in your area.

In this session, investigative reporter Paul Singer of WGBH in Boston takes us behind a series called the Color of Public Money, which tracked state spending on contracts with minority-owned businesses.

The project found a stunning lack of opportunity for minority-owned businesses and huge gaps in systems supposedly created to encourage their participation. The data is almost certainly available in every state and the stories are central to the public discussion about systemic racism.

Read the series at www.wgbh.org/news/term/the-color-of-public-money

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Paul Singer, WGBH News Center for Investigative Reporting 👇

Singer has served as investigations editor at the WGBH News Center for Investigative Reporting since March 2018; he had spent the past three decades covering policy and politics in Washington. He served as politics editor and Washington correspondent for USA Today from 2012-2018, and he created the investigations team at Roll Call before that. Singer started his first newspaper when he was nine years old and has not yet been kicked out of the news business.

On Twitter: @singernews

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Meet the author: Jessica Garrison, "The Devil's Harvest"

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Chat with Jessica Garrison, an investigations editor at BuzzFeed News and the author of "The Devil's Harvest: A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California's Central Valley"

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video.

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Jessica Garrison, BuzzFeed News 👇

Jessica Garrison is an investigations editor at BuzzFeed News and the author of "The Devil's Harvest."

On Twitter: @jvgarrison

Melissa Segura, BuzzFeed News 👇

Melissa Segura, a reporter at BuzzFeed News, focuses on the intersection of justice, class and race. In 2017, Segura published an investigation detailing how a group of working-class Latinas from Chicago uncovered evidence suggesting a detective had framed at least 51 of their loved ones. The series has led to the exoneration of 12 men and a George Polk Award. A fellow at New America and the Russell Sage Foundation, she is writing a book about her Chicago investigation.

On Twitter: @MelissaDSegura

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Networking: Veterans

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for veteran journalists who have been in the field 15 years or more.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

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Ricardo Sandoval, PBS 👇

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Nicole Vap, KUSA-9NEWS 👇

Nicole Vap is the director of investigative journalism at KUSA-9NEWS in Denver, Colorado, and also leads TEGNA's investigations team. Nicole is the recipient of a 2018 IRE Award and was a 2012 finalist for an IRE Freedom of Information Award. She also was the 2011 recipient of a Columbia DuPont Silver Baton for Excellence in Journalism and numerous regional Emmy awards and Edward R. Murrow awards.

On Twitter: @nicolevap

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Networking: Mid-career journalists

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for mid-career journalists.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

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Jake Bleiberg, The Associated Press 👇

Jake Bleiberg is a reporter for The Associated Press in Dallas. He covers criminal justice and law enforcement in Texas and across the country. Jake was previously a reporter in Portland, Maine, and Montreal, Quebec. He’s an avid skier doing his best to adjust to the heat.

On Twitter: @JZBleiberg

Carter Coyle, WCSC-TV Live 5 News 👇

Carter Coyle is an Investigative Reporter in Charleston, South Carolina. She was a data fellow with the Knight Foundation and IRE. She loves Excel and accountability stories and has been a journalist for 10 years. She is expecting her first child and eager to figure out the balance of mom life with news life! She loves cats, Georgia football and living at the beach with her husband, Nick.

On Twitter: @CarterCoyleWCSC

Emmanuel Martinez, The Markup 👇

Emmanuel Martinez is a data reporter for The Markup. He uses data, statistics and programming to tell stories. His previous work examined access to homeownership and mortgage discrimination, where he analyzed 31 million housing records to prove that people of color were being routinely denied mortgages in 61 major U.S. metro areas.

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Behind the story: International

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Track: International

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Go behind the story to hear about the data, documents, tips and sources to learn how to find similar stories in your area.

In this session, Rana Sabbagh, co-founder of ARIJ and senior editor for the Middle East and North Africa at OCCRP, takes us behind the massive undertaking to investigate the explosion in Beirut's port this past August. We're also joined by Kiran Maharaj, president and co-founder of Media Institute of the Caribbean and the Caribbean Investivative Journalism Network. Kiran walks us through how to develop cross-border collarborations with other newsrooms and gives lots of ideas on how to localize big international stories.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Kiran Maharaj, Media Institute of the Caribbean 👇

Maharaj is president and cofounder of the nonprofit Media Institute of the Caribbean and the Caribbean Investigative Journalism Network, the region’s first and only nonprofit investigative multimedia news entity. Maharaj has worked in all forms of media, including television, radio, newspaper and film.

On Twitter: @#cijnnews

Rana Sabbagh, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project 👇

Rana Alsabbagh is senior editor for the Middle East and North Africa at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). She is co-founder of the award-winning Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), an OCCRP member center. She joined OCCRP in January 2020, working with Arab investigative journalists to produce high-quality, ambitious cross-border investigations in the largely autocratic and male-dominated region. Her career in journalism began in 1984.

On Twitter: @rana_sabbagh

Sessions starting at 2:45 p.m. ET

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Media attorney Q&A

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Does your investigation contain complex legal questions? Unsure of how to proceed? Bring your questions for an informal discussion with Chris Moeser, Associate General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer at TEGNA Inc.

This session is sponsored by TEGNA Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded. It is in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video.

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Chris Moeser, TEGNA 👇

Moeser is associate general counsel and chief ethics officer at TEGNA, where he advises newsrooms on access, libel, privacy, reporter's privilege and ethics issues. Prior to joining TEGNA, Moeser practiced First Amendment law in Arizona.

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Data office hours: Spreadsheets

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Are you learning spreadsheets or have a project you'd like help wtih? Come to data office hours with IRE trainers Patti DiVincenzo, Sarah Hutchins and Francisco Vara-Orta and and ask all your spreadsheet questions!

Note: This session is live only and will not be available as a recording after the conference.

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Patti DiVincenzo, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Sarah Hutchins, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Francisco Vara-Orta, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Conversation: How to include watchdog and data training in your curriculum

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Journalism students and professors are expected to cram in more skills and topics every year, but watchdog and data journalism should still be an important part of the buffet. We’ll start a conversation aimed at creating a community of journalism professors who are trying to create the space to teach watchdog and data skills, whether it’s in a class designated for investigative journalism, or part of a class that teaches more basic skills. Let’s talk about what works, what fails and what resources we may collectively need (even if it’s a list of resources available). Join us for the conversation.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Dana Chinn, University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism 👇

Dana Chinn is a lecturer at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism who focuses on data journalism and open data. Her work experience includes consulting and management positions in digital analytics, strategic planning, marketing and finance at news organizations including Gannett and the Los Angeles Times. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism and an MBA from USC.

On Twitter: @danachinn

Jodi Upton, Syracuse 👇

Jodi Upton is the Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism at Syracuse University, where she is developing a data journalism program. Previously, she was senior database editor at USA TODAY, where she led a team on stories from mass killings to Medicare fraud to football coach contracts. She was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and taught at Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center. Her team won many U.S. and international awards.

On Twitter: @jodiupton

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Visualizing your investigation

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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From data and documents to anonymous sources and producing quick visuals from home while sheltering in place, creating memorable and effective visuals for investigations can be challenging.

This panel will leave you with some tips, tricks and ideas for the next time you're struggling to create visuals for your investigation.

The Broadcast Track is sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Bigad Shaban, NBC Bay Area 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Julie Watts, CBS - KPIX/KOVR 👇

Julie’s work has prompted recalls, federal investigations and laws to protect consumers. It’s also been honored with several prestigious national awards and more than a dozen Emmy and Murrow Awards. After a decade as the Consumer-Investigative Reporter at KPIX in San Francisco, and contributing reporter for CBS News, Julie is now the Investigative Reporter/Anchor at KOVR (CBS) in the state’s capital where she’s specializing in “Instant Investigations” amid the pandemic.

On Twitter: @juliewattstv

Katie Wilcox, KPNX-TV 👇

Katie Wilcox is the I-Team Executive Producer at KPNX in Phoenix, formerly an investigative and data-journalist at KUSA in Denver. As a mulit-media journalist, her work has appeared in USA Today, NPR and Nightly News. She now leads an investigative unit in one of the largest (and hottest) cities in the country where her role is to provide a vision to the team: get stories done, make an impact and ensure the audience sees it. 2018 IRE award winner.

On Twitter: @katieawilcox

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Verifying hacked and leaked information

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Research skills & tools

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Some of the biggest journalism scoops have come via hacked information. But how can you verify the information is legitimate? And are there any ethical concerns if you suspect that the person who provided the information has a vested interest in harming the subject of the hack?

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Kevin Collier, NBC 👇

Kevin Collier covers cybersecurity, elections, privacy and disinformation at NBC News. He previously worked at CNN and BuzzFeed News.

On Twitter: @kevincollier

Emilia Diaz Struck, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists 👇

Emilia is research editor for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). She has taken part in cross-border projects such as ICIJ's Implant Files, Paradise Papers and the Pulitzer-winning Panama Papers investigation. She has been a professor at the Central University of Venezuela and a contributor for the Washington Post, the magazine Poder y Negocios, Venezuelan media El Universal, El Mundo and Armando.info, which she co-founded. She was previously the investigative reporting coordinator at IPYS Venezuela.

On Twitter: @ICIJorg

Ben Wieder, McClatchy 👇

Ben Wieder is a data reporter on the investigative team at McClatchy's Washington bureau. He focuses largely on political influence and has previously reported for the Center for Public Integrity and Stateline.

On Twitter: @benbwieder

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Overcoming agency excuses to get records during the pandemic

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Tracks: Coronavirus, Public records

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Many government agencies from municipalities to the federal government are putting records requests on the backburner during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the need for transparency and public access to records has never been more acute. How can journalists fight back against these excuses and gain access to the records they need to do watchdog reporting?

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Nate Carlisle, Salt Lake Tribune 👇

Nate Carlisle has been a reporter at the Salt Lake Tribune since 2005. Once the pandemic arrived, he left the polygamy beat to cover COVID-19 in Utah. He also teaches investigative journalism at the University of Utah. He previously worked at The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

On Twitter: @natecarlisle

Gunita Singh, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Mark Walker, The New York Times 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Investigating inequality on any beat

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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Exposing inequality does not have to be reserved for the "race beat" or a specialized position. These stories are waiting to be told across all beats. In this panel, you'll hear story ideas and tips from reporters who have covered equality issues in education, labor and civil fines, along with a discussion of how to make this type of reporting a priority for your organization.

The Exposing Systemic Inequities Track is sponsored by CNN. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Alexia Fernández Campbell , Center for Public Integrity 👇

Alexia is an investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, where she covers labor and inequality. She previously worked at Vox, The Atlantic, National Journal and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

On Twitter: @AlexiaCampbell

Bracey Harris, The Hechinger Report 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Melanie Hicken, CNN 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Kat Stafford, Associated Press 👇

Kat Stafford is an award-winning journalist and the national race and ethnicity writer for the Associated Press. She was elected to a two-year term on IRE's Board of Directors in 2020 and is the chair of IRE's Member Services Committee. Prior to the AP, she was an investigative journalist at the Detroit Free Press, where her coverage led to congressional inquiries, a federal audit, criminal probes and city legislation.

On Twitter: @kat__stafford

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International showcase

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: International

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In this fast-moving session, you'll learn about some of the best investigative reporting around the world during the past year. Come for inspiration and story ideas. This session was produced in collaboration with the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Andrea Arzaba, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

Andrea Arzaba is Spanish editor at the Global Investigative Journalism Network. As a journalist and media professional, Andrea has dedicated her life to documenting the stories of people in Latin America and Latinx communities in the United States.

On Twitter: @andrea_arzaba

Umar Cheema, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Miraj Chowdhury, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Majdoleen Hassan, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

David Kaplan, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

David E. Kaplan is executive director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, which represents 184 member organizations in 77 countries. He oversees staff in 14 countries working to strengthen investigative journalism. He has served as director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and chief investigative correspondent for U.S. News & World Report. Among his 25+ awards are four IRE awards, including three medals.

On Twitter: @kaplandave

Benon Oluka, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

Benon Herbert Oluka is a Ugandan multimedia journalist, currently working as Africa editor for the Global Investigative Journalism Network. He's also a member of the African Investigative Publishing Collective. His work has been recognised in Africa as winner of the 2008 Akintola Fatoyinbo Africa Education Journalism Award (English), the 2011 CNN-MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Award (Tourism category) and the Thomson Reuters’ 2011 Niall FitzGerald Prize for Young African Journalists.

On Twitter: @benon_oluka

Joey Qi, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Marthe Rubio, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

Marthe Rubio is French editor for the Global Investigative Journalism Network. She specializes in data journalism and has worked on the La Nación (Argentina) data team. She also worked as a freelancer and project leader and has collaborated with Mediapart, Le Figaro, El Mundo and Libération.

On Twitter: @martherubio

Olga Simanovych, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

Olga Simanovych, a native of Ukraine, has more than 13 years of television experience as a journalist, screenwriter and managing editor. Seven of those years were spent as a TV news reporter for the Vikna-Novyny program on STB, where she specialized in politics, environment, human rights and medicine. From 2011 to 2016, she was a media trainer with different nonprofit organizations and participated in SCOOP‘s international investigations.

On Twitter: @gijnRu

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How to investigate when you're part of the story: A conversation with Assia Boundaoui, documentary filmmaker and Livingston Award Winner

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Join Assia Boundaoui, 2020 Livingston Award winner, for a conversation about her deeply personal investigative documentary, "The Feeling of Being Watched." Learn how Boundaoui investigated community accounts of FBI surveillance in her suburban neighborhood and uncovered a two-decade counterterrorism probe on more than 600 Muslim-American mosques, businesses, charities, and private individuals across the U.S.

This session is sponsored by Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Assia Boundaoui, Independent journalist 👇

Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker. Her award-winning film, "The Feeling of Being Watched," investigating a decade of FBI surveillance in her Muslim community, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on PBS. Assia received the 2020 Livingston Award for national reporting and is a Co-Creation Journalism Fellow the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where she is iterating on an AI-fueled sequel to her film.

On Twitter: @assuss

Lynette Clemetson, Director, Wallace House, University of Michigan 👇

Lynette Clemetson is director of Wallace House, the Knight-Wallace Fellowships and the Livingston Awards. She was Director of Strategy and New Initiatives at NPR, focused on developing new products and audiences across platforms. She spent the first half of her career as a reporter, first for Newsweek as an Asia correspondent based in Hong Kong and a national correspondent based in Washington, D.C., then as a domestic correspondent for The New York Times.

On Twitter: @lclemetson

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Covering epidemics caused by natural disasters

🕙 Monday (9/21) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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The novel coronavirus exposed the inequalities in our healthcare system and how this virus is killing people of color at a higher rate in the United States. Similarly, many people died in Puerto Rico after they contracted leptospirosis immediately after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island in 2017. In this session, we’ll discuss the challenges of covering diseases or bacteria that surface after a natural disaster such as a hurricane. We’ll go deep into the process: how to report, obtain data and documents to tell the stories, strategies to learn about the subject at hand and how we humanized those numbers with real people.

Note: This session will be recorded for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom webinar room where attendees are not on video or audio and can raise their hands to speak to presenters.

Speakers

Cruz Maria Nazario, University of Puerto Rico 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Omaya Sosa Pascual, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo 👇

Journalist, entrepreneur and adventurer with 25 years of experience in storytelling. She is co-founder of Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, the Caribbean’s only nonprofit investigative journalism news organization. She led the award-winning investigation on the underreported death toll of hurricane Maria.

On Twitter: @omayasosa

Mc Nelly Torres, Independent journalist 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Tuesday, 9/22

Sessions starting at 11 a.m. ET

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Help desk

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET (120m)

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Stuck trying to find your way around, make your profile, navigate the schedule, or sort out some tech issues? Drop by the live help desk to get your questions answered.

The help desk is open to everyone, including attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and recruiters.

Speaker

Stephanie Klimstra, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 12 p.m. ET

conversations

Conversation: Being a better ally

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Taking care

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Speakers

Megan Luther, InvestigateTV 👇

Megan Luther is an investigative producer with InvestigateTV, Gray Television's national investigative team. Previously, she was IRE's senior training director and a data analyst for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Megan, mother of two, works remotely in South Dakota.

On Twitter: @MeganLuther

Robert Raben, Raben Group 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Moiz Syed, ProPublica 👇

Moiz Syed is a journalist, designer and developer on ProPublica's news apps team, covering the federal government. Previously he worked at The Intercept as a data journalist.

On Twitter: @moizsyed

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Demo: Amazing online investigative tools

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Tracks: Demo, Research skills & tools

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Paul Myers, the BBC's acclaimed internet research sleuth, will walk the group through his favorite tools for digging up info online. This demo will help you find information online quickly, often without paying hefty fees to proprietary database companies. These include tools that squeeze more information from Facebook, incredible people-research tools and sites that let you use telecommunications to trace people.

The Demo Track is sponsored by Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session is live only and will not be available as a recording after the conference.

Speakers

Sarah Hutchins, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Paul Myers, BBC 👇

As online research specialist for the BBC Academy's Online, Paul has been conducting and training internet investigations for 25 years at the corporation. Recently he co-authored "Digital Witness," published by Oxford University Press.

On Twitter: @paulmyersbbc

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Master class: Identifying, verifying and reporting on disinformation

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Tracks: Master class, Research skills & tools

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In this four-hour workshop, First Draft will show you the tools needed to find and sort problematic content online. They will demonstrate and have you test drive basic verification tools, and discuss the ethics of sourcing from the darker corners of the web.

First Draft is a nonprofit with the mission of helping journalists and others address challenges with disinformation, trust and truth in the digital age. In this class, First Draft trainers will lead you through tools and strategies needed to navigate and verify online information, using several scenarios:

* election crisis simulation

* a session on election misinformation state of play

* and a session on Black/Latinx misinformation.

Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.

Speakers

Jaime Longoria, First Draft 👇

Jaime is an investigative researcher at First Draft. He was a former researcher at NBC News Investigations and data editor at Type Investigations. He also served a stint as a reporter for The Hunts Point Express and the Mott Haven Harold, covering community news in the South Bronx. Jaime is the winner of the Sideny Hillman Foundation's 2020 Social Justice Reporting Award.

On Twitter: @jailongo

Jacquelyn Mason, First Draft 👇

Jacquelyn is the senior investigative researcher at First Draft. Previously, she worked as an editor of photography at media service organizations Meredith Corporation and NBC Universal. She holds an MFA from Parsons School of Design with a degree in Art, Media and Technology, as well as a Master of Science from New York University Tandon School of Engineering in Integrated Digital Media.

On Twitter: @jacquiesmason

Shaydanay Urbani, First Draft 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Master class: Becoming a public records sleuth

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Tracks: Master class, Public records

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This half-day workshop will cover the essentials for becoming a public records power sleuth – the key elements for mastering the art of access. David Cuillier, associate professor at the University of Arizona and co-author of The Art of Access, and Grace I. Cheng, Director of Practical Law Government Practice at Thomson Reuters, will lead you through the fundamentals, as well as the latest research and tools, including:

* Cool records/data and how to find them, including online resources for identifying records and dozens of examples of data worth dipping into

* Art of the ask: Learning the law, effective request techniques and online tools to assist, such as iFOIA

* Overcoming denials: How to use psychological strategies, effective appeals, and how to go about suing, even on your own

* Understanding how FOIA officers think and how to better work with them

Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.

Speakers

Grace Cheng, Thomson Reuters 👇

Grace I. Cheng is a 1999 graduate of the University of Southern California law school. Grace practiced FOIA and privacy law in the federal government for a decade as chief of the Government Information Law Division at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and as lead FOIA counsel for the Department of Homeland Security. In 2018, Grace joined Thomson Reuters as director of government practice for practical law. Grace oversees a wide-ranging portfolio of government practice areas while continuing to research and write in the FOIA and privacy law space.

On Twitter: @gracechengja

David Cuillier, University of Arizona 👇

David Cuillier, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism, and board president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. He is a former newspaper reporter and editor from the Pacific Northwest, former SPJ president, teaches FOI and data journalism, has testified before Congress three times regarding FOAI, and is co-author of “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records.”

On Twitter: @DavidCuillier

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Networking: Public radio

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for anyone who works in public radio.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Dana Amihere, KPCC/LAist 👇

Dana Amihere is a designer, developer and data journalist. She joined KPCC/LAist in 2018, where she currently works as data editor. She has a passion for finding the human stories behind the data points, digital storytelling and creating compelling news experiences for audiences. She previously worked in data reporting, interactive design and news apps development for The Baltimore Sun, Pew Research Center and The Dallas Morning News.

On Twitter: @write_this_way

Nicole Beemsterboer, NPR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

John Ryan, KUOW Public Radio 👇

John was Seattle-based KUOW Public Radio's first investigative reporter and is now the environment reporter there. He has also been a reporter at radio stations KUCB and KTOO in Alaska and at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.

On Twitter: @heyjohnryan

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Networking: International (meetup No. 1)

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This is the first of two networking sessions for journalists from countries outside the United States.

This session is sponsored by American University/The Investigative Reporting Workshop, the Global Investigative Journalism Network, and Reuters. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

John Bones, SKUP, Norway 👇

John Bones is managing director at SKUP, the Norwegian Foundation for Investigative Reporting. He is one of the Nordic data journalism pioneers, and he has been a journalist and editor at VG, the most-read daily newspaper in Norway. He has education in history, statistics, Nordic languages and French, and he has realized trainings in Norway, Denmark, Latvia, Nepal, at VVOJ, at Dataharvest and at NICAR, IRE and GIJN conferences.

On Twitter: @vgbones

Gabriela Manuli, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

Gabriela Manuli is the deputy director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). A native of Argentina, she has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She earned an M.A. in public policy (media, information and communications) at the Central European University and graduated in social communication science at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2019-2020, she audited courses at Harvard and MIT, and in 2008 she was a World Press Institute fellow.

On Twitter: @gabimanuli

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We're all health reporters now: How to be a better health care watchdog

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Coronavirus

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In the past few months, the health beat has stormed the homepages of news organizations across America. Whether or not you ever covered health before, chances are you're covering it now. This panel will help you get off the beaten path and drill deeper with reporting tips, data sources, and examples of hard-hitting investigations into the healthcare system and the patients it serves.

This session was planned in collaboration with the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

John Hillkirk, Kaiser Health News 👇

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Liz Lucas, Kaiser Health News 👇

Liz is the data editor at Kaiser Health News (KHN) and specializes in data analysis and reporting for the KHN enterprise team. She came from Investigative Reporters & Editors, where she spent four years training and supporting data journalists around the world as director of the NICAR Data Library. Previously, she worked as a data reporter on health and the environment for the Center for Public Integrity. She has a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism.

On Twitter: @eklucas

Shefali Luthra, The 19th* News 👇

Shefali Luthra covers women and health care at The 19th*, a nonprofit newsroom focused on women, politics and policy. Previously, she was a correspondent at Kaiser Health News, where she spent six years reporting on health policy. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post and The Guardian.

On Twitter: @shefalil

Kathleen McGrory, Tampa Bay Times 👇

Kathleen McGrory is the deputy investigations editor at the Tampa Bay Times. Her series on a Johns Hopkins children’s hospital unearthed an alarming rate of patient fatalities and led to the resignation of six top hospital officials. It was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and won the George Polk Award for Local Reporting and an IRE award. Before joining the Times in 2015, Kathleen spent nine years at the Miami Herald.

On Twitter: @kmcgrory

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Free press under attack: Protecting investigative journalism

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Investigative journalism requires digging for information that someone wants hidden. Powerful forces seek to prevent access, from government officials to private citizens avoiding accountability for wrongdoing.

But breaking through those barriers has long been part of the job for investigative journalists. What’s changed is that the threats to free information and a free press have accelerated and intensified dangerously in the U.S. and abroad. From the smallest newsrooms to the largest news organizations, at protests and political press conferences, journalists face dire threats as they pursue their mission of informing the public.

So how can journalists protect their ability to investigate while under attack? What’s the best defense? And what are the strongest strategies for protecting a free press? Those questions will be the subject of a wide-ranging program in partnership with Investigative Reporters & Editors, moderated by Angela Greiling Keane, editorial director of states and Canada for POLITICO, with panelists Amanda Bennett, former Director of Voice of America; Agnes Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur; and Nabiha Syed, president of The MarkUp. The discussion will bring together their experiences as press freedom advocates with their work in journalism, law, and human rights.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Some speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Amanda Bennett, Voice of America (former) 👇

Amanda Bennett is former director of Voice of America, which provides radio, television and digital content in 45 languages to 236.8 million people weekly. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author, investigative journalist and editor, she served at Bloomberg News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader and The Oregonian. She was a Wall Street Journal reporter and editor for 23 years, including roles as Beijing correspondent and Atlanta bureau chief.

On Twitter: @abennett

Agnes Callamard, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner 👇

Dr. Agnes Callamard is the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. She directs Columbia Global Freedom of Expression and is a special adviser to Columbia University's president. She led ARTICLE 19 and was Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International. She has led human rights investigations in over 30 countries. As UN Special Rapporteur, she investigated the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Twitter: @AgnesCallamard

Angela Greiling Keane, POLITICO 👇

Angela Greiling Keane is POLITICO's editorial director of states and Canada. She joined POLITICO in 2016 and previously was deputy states editor and deputy technology editor. She was the 2013 National Press Club president and is currently president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute. She previously worked at Bloomberg News, covering the Obama White House, auto and railroad policy and freight transportation companies.

On Twitter: @agreilingkeane

Nabiha Syed, The Markup 👇

Nabiha Syed is president of The Markup, a new investigative journalism startup that explores how powerful actors use technology to reshape society. She has been described as “one of the best emerging free speech lawyers” by Forbes magazine.

On Twitter: @nabihasyed

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Finding stories and data on LGBTQIA+ communities

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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Covering the LGBTQIA+ community is complex. Accurate data is hard to find, and even some of the smartest newsrooms in the business have made major missteps by offending interview subjects and their audience, failing to use appropriate language or making incorrect assumptions. Yet the community is an under-covered goldmine of great human stories.

This session will teach you about the best sources for reliable data. Panelists will walk you through the information that is reliable, the data that is not, and introduce you to some legal documents and government sources of information that haven’t got nearly enough attention.

This panel was planned in collaboration with NLGJA, The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.

The Exposing Systemic Inequities Track is sponsored by CNN. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Sasha Buchert, Lambda Legal 👇

Sasha Buchert is a senior attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and individuals living with HIV.

On Twitter: @sashabuchert

Jen Christensen, CNN 👇

Jen Christensen is a writer and producer for CNN's medical unit, and she serves as the vice president for print/digital for NLGJA, The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.

On Twitter: @jechristensen

Ilan H. Meyer, The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law 👇

Dr. Meyer received a Ph.D. in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University. In several highly cited papers, Dr. Meyer has developed a model of minority stress. The model has guided his and other investigators’ population research on LGBT health disparities by identifying the processes by which social stressors impact health and describing the harm to LGBT people from prejudice and stigma. Dr. Meyer is principal investigator of two U.S. studies of LGBT individuals.

On Twitter: @ilanmeyer

Amanda Peacher, Mountain West News Bureau 👇

Amanda Peacher is a nationally recognized public radio journalist and host of the podcast LOCKED ("a disturbing crime, a desperate act, and how one case could change the way prisons treat some transgender inmates"). Her work has been honored with a national Edward R. Murrow award, two Gracie awards and the Al Neuharth award for innovation in investigative journalism. She splits her time between San Diego and Boise, Idaho, where she works with the Mountain West News Bureau.

On Twitter: @amandapeacher

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AMA: Rukmini Callimachi, The New York Times

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Bring your questions for Rukmini Callimachi, who joined The New York Times in March 2014 as a foreign correspondent, covering Al Qaeda and ISIS. She is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, including in 2014 for her series of stories based on a cache of internal Qaeda documents she discovered in Mali. Recently, Callimachi has also covered stories in the U.S., including the coronavirus pandemic and the Breonna Taylor killing.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom webinar room where attendees are not on video and can raise their hands to speak to presenters.

Speakers

Rukmini Callimachi, The New York Times 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sarah Hutchins, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Accessing international COVID data

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Tracks: International, Coronavirus

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Journalists covering the novel coronavirus pandemic face challenges around the world: new security laws, restrictions on access to people and data, and disinformation campaigns. Leaders from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) share lessons learned, strategies and advice to journalists in other parts of the world interested in sorting out fact from fiction with COVID-19.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Rawan Damen, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) 👇

Rawan Damen is ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism) director general, a filmmaker and media consultant. She has over 20 years of experience in media coaching and management, in addition to her TV and digital production career. She produced and directed more than 30 hours of TV documentaries and investigations, translated to multiple languages.

On Twitter: @RawanDamen

Hoda Osman, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) 👇

Hoda Osman is executive editor at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). She is a New York-based journalist and journalism trainer. Hoda led numerous investigative journalism workshops and online courses for reporters from around the world with a focus on Arab journalists. She previously worked at ABC News' Investigative Unit, as consultant for CBS News' Investigative Unit, as New York correspondent for France 24 and with APTN in Cairo before moving to the U.S.

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10 most important lessons I’ve learned

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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From confrontations to collaborations and FOIAs to fact-checking, you'll hear from three TV news veterans about the most important lessons they’ve learned in their careers.

The Broadcast Track is sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Vicky Nguyen, NBC News 👇

Vicky Nguyen is the investigative and consumer correspondent for NBC News. Her reports can be seen on TODAY, Nightly News with Lester Holt, MSNBC and NBCnews.com. She is proud to be a two-time IRE Award finalist.

On Twitter: @vickynguyentv

Ted Oberg, KTRK-Houston 👇

Ted is the investigative reporter at ABC13 KTRK Houston where he is celebrating his 19th year. He‘s only been in his office once since March due to COVID. He misses all of you.

On Twitter: @Tedabc13

Lee Zurik, WVUE-New Orleans 👇

Lee Zurik is an evening news anchor and chief investigative reporter at WVUE-TV in New Orleans and director of investigations at Gray Television and Investigate TV. Lee has been honored with many of journalism’s top awards including the Peabody, duPont, and IRE Medal. Before Hurricane Katrina, Lee was a sports anchor/reporter. He taught himself to be an investigative reporter by reading IRE resources (books and tipsheets) and attending IRE conferences.

On Twitter: @leezurik

Sessions starting at 1:15 p.m. ET

conversations

Conversation: Starting your own newsroom

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Speakers

Tasneem Raja, The Oaklandside 👇

Tasneem Raja is the editor-in-chief of The Oaklandside, a new nonprofit newsroom serving Oakland, California, that amplifies community voices, shares information resources and investigates systems, not just symptoms.

On Twitter: @tasneemraja

Kelsey Ryan, LION Publishers 👇

Kelsey Ryan is LION Publisher's membership and communications manager. She’s also the founder and publisher of The Beacon, a nonprofit news organization in Kansas City focused on in-depth, public interest journalism in Kansas and Missouri. Previously, Kelsey worked as a data and investigative reporter at The Kansas City Star, where her team was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She's part of the 2020 cohort of the Online News Association’s Women Leadership Accelerator.

On Twitter: @kelsey_ryan

demo

Demo: Navigating data.census.gov

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Track: Demo

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Speaker

Tyson Weister, U.S. Census Bureau 👇

Tyson Weister is a survey statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau, where he engages users in the new dissemination platform on data.census.gov. He also helps users navigate the Census data API and microdata access tool.

On Twitter: @uscensusbureau

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Behind the story: Deadly Shortages by The Associated Press

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Track: Coronavirus

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Description

Go behind the story to hear about the data, documents, tips and sources to learn how to find similar stories in your area.

In this session, Associated Press national writer Martha Mendoza takes us behind a Deadly Shortages, a series of medical supply chain investigations during COVID-19. The stories look at masks, ventilators and other critical supplies.

Read the series at https://apnews.com/DeadlyShortages

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speaker

Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press 👇

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and one-time finalist, Martha Mendoza’s reports have prompted Congressional hearings and new legislation, Pentagon investigations and White House responses. She was part of a team whose investigations into slavery in the Thai seafood business led to the freedom of more than 2,000 men. During her Associated Press career, she’s been based in Mexico City, Bangkok, Silicon Valley, New York and New Mexico.

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Demo: Tools a reporter can't live without

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Tracks: Demo, Research skills & tools

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You might be a great reporter. Or a tremendous writer. But to pull off an ambitious piece of investigative reporting, there is another super helpful skill: you need to be an information hacker. No matter what your beat, or where you do your work, there are tools and tactics that allow us to compile and analyze massive amounts of information and use it to create showstopping journalism. Some of them are simple things, like how to best organize your files. Other tools are more high tech, like software that automatically transcribes interviews or a web application that can grab documents, make them word searchable and post them online via a link so you can show off "smoking gun" excerpts of your best evidence. There are dozens of different tools--information databases, software applications, and hardware devices--that can make you a more impactful journalist. We showcase a bunch of these tools and tactics and explain how you can make them part of your own routine. You enter the field at a disadvantage if you don't have them in your pocket.

The Demo Track is sponsored by Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Lauren Grandestaff, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Eric Lipton, The New York Times 👇

Eric Lipton is an investigative reporter for The New York Times, based in Washington. He started at The Times in 1999 covering Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and then the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting, investigative reporting and as part of team for foreign reporting. He previously worked at The Washington Post and The Hartford Courant.

On Twitter: @EricLiptonNYT

meet the author

Meet the author: Eric Eyre, "Death in Mud Lick"

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Chat with Eric Eyre, longtime West Virginia reporter and author of "Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic." Eyre won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 2017 for his investigation into massive shipments of opioids to the state’s southern coalfields.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Eric Eyre, Mountain State Spotlight 👇

Eyre was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting in 2017 for stories on the opioid crisis. He is the author of "Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic." He now works as a reporter for Mountain State Spotlight, a nonprofit news outlet in West Virginia.

On Twitter: @ericeyre

Jill Riepenhoff, InvestigateTV 👇

Jill Riepenhoff is a producer for Gray Televison's InvestigateTV. Prior to joining the national team in 2017, she was an investigative reporter at The Columbus Dispatch for more than three decades. With that many years under her belt, she has written about all sorts of unsavory characters/agencies/laws, including the opioid crisis' pill-pushing doctors. She also likes to dig into sports from time to time.

On Twitter: @JRiep

networking

Networking: Students

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for journalism students.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Taylor Blatchford, The Seattle Times 👇

Taylor Blatchford works on the digital and investigative teams at The Seattle Times. She writes an weekly newsletter called The Lead for student journalists in partnership with Poynter. She earned a bachelor’s degree in investigative and international journalism from the University of Missouri.

On Twitter: @blatchfordtr

Tessa Weinberg, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 👇

Tessa Weinberg is a state government reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Based in Austin, she covers all things policy and politics with a focus on Tarrant County. She previously covered the Missouri legislature, where her reporting prompted an investigation by the Attorney General’s office. A California native and graduate of the University of Missouri, she’s made her way across the U.S. and landed in Texas in May 2019.

On Twitter: @Tessa_Weinberg

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Networking: Nonprofit newsrooms

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Description

Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for anyone who works in a nonprofit newsroom.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Chris Baxter, Spotlight PA 👇

Christopher Baxter is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of Spotlight PA (spotlightpa.org), an independent, nonpartisan newsroom dedicated to investigative reporting on Pennsylvania state government and urgent statewide issues. Previously, he was the editor for data and investigations at The Star-Ledger and NJ.com.

On Twitter: @cbaxter1

Leslie Eaton, The Marshall Project 👇

Leslie Eaton is senior editor of The Marshall Project, where she edits investigative projects. From 2016 to 2018, she was investigations editor at The Dallas Morning News, where her projects won awards including the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize and an IRE award. She was previously Texas bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and a reporter at The New York Times for fourteen years.

On Twitter: @lesliepeaton

Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee, Chalkbeat 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

networking

Networking: Broadcast small market

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for anyone from small market broadcast stations.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speaker

Adrienne Mayfield, WAVY 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Story idea blitz: Education

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Break open those notebooks and get ready to fill them with story ideas! This fast-paced, 30-minute session will give you months worth of investigative and watchdog story ideas on the education beat.

This session was planned in collaboration with the Education Writers Association.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Kim Clark, Education Writers Association 👇

Kim Clark is an assistant director of the Education Writers Association, where she specializes in training journalists on higher education coverage. Previously, she spent more than 30 years as a staff reporter at newspapers and magazines. She spent the last decade of her career covering higher education at US News & World Report and Money magazines, where she won an EWA award for investigative reporting and was part of a team that won a Gerald Loeb Award.

On Twitter: @kclarkcollege

Tawnell Hobbs, The Wall Street Journal 👇

Tawnell Hobbs is the national K-12 education reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She has worked at the Journal since July 2016, and before that she was an education reporter at The Dallas Morning News. Tawnell also served in the United States Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard for a combined total of about 10 years. She also has taught computer-assisted reporting at the university level.

On Twitter: @tawnell

Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News 👇

Krista Torralva has been an education reporter at the San Antonio Express-News since 2018. Previously, she was a courts and crime reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and Corpus Christi Caller-Times, where she co-led a domestic violence series that won numerous state and national awards. Krista took to solutions journalism, focusing especially on programs that tackled child trauma and social emotional learning, topics she remains passionate about on the education beat.

On Twitter: @KMTorralva

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Covering the stimulus package

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Coronavirus

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Description

Description coming soon.

This session is sponsored by Bloomberg. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Jeff Ernsthausen , ProPublica 👇

Jeff Ernsthausen is a data reporter at ProPublica. He previously worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a data reporter on the investigative team. Before getting into journalism, he was a financial and economic analyst for the Federal Reserve.

On Twitter: @jeffernsthausen

Danielle McLean, Chronicle of Higher Education 👇

Danielle McLean is a staff reporter at the Chronicle for Higher Education writing about the real-world impact of federal higher education policies. Danielle was previously an investigative reporter at ThinkProgress covering voter suppression, federal housing and poverty policies, and corruption. She also worked as an investigative reporter at the Bangor Daily News and is a former chairperson of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Freedom of Information Committee.

On Twitter: @DanielleBMcLean

Steven Rich, The Washington Post 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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AMA: Craig Newmark, Craig Newmark Philanthropies

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

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Bring your questions for tech leader and philanthropist Craig Newmark in this AMA ("Ask Me Anything') session! Moderator Doug Haddix, IRE executive director, will ask Newmark a few warmup questions then turn to the chat to ask questions from attendees.

Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and leading advocate. Most commonly known for founding the online classified ads service craigslist, he works to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement. In 2016, he founded Craig Newmark Philanthropies to advance people and grassroots organizations that are “getting stuff done” in areas that include trustworthy journalism & the information ecosystem, voter protection, women in technology, and veterans & military families.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Doug Haddix, Investigative Reporters & Editors 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Craig Newmark, Craig Newmark Philanthropies 👇

Craig Newmark is a web pioneer, philanthropist and advocate who founded the online classified ads service craigslist. Newmark works to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement. In 2016, he founded Craig Newmark Philanthropies to advance people and grassroots organizations that are "getting stuff done" in areas that include trustworthy journalism and the information ecosystem, voter protection, women in technology, and veterans & military families.

On Twitter: @craignewmark

Sessions starting at 1:45 p.m. ET

conversations

Conversation: Bringing investigative to your student newsroom

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Join a discussion to learn how you can help foster investigative reporting in your student newsrooms and classes.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Shera Avi-Yonah, The Harvard Crimson 👇

Shera Avi-Yonah is a senior at Harvard College and the managing editor of The Harvard Crimson, its independent, student-run daily. She supervises the work of The Crimson’s seven content teams, including its news reporters, designers, and photographers. During her tenure, the paper has published investigations into Harvard's police department, sexual harassment among anthropology faculty, public health leadership, and ties to Jeffrey Epstein and his associates.

On Twitter: @saviyonah

Debbie Cenziper, Northwestern University/Washington Post 👇

Debbie Cenziper is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and nonfiction author who writes for The Washington Post. She is also the newly named Director of Investigative Reporting at the Medill School of Journalism and runs the Medill Investigative Lab, which has been covering the COVID-19 crisis in America's nursing homes.

On Twitter: @debbiecenziper

Emily Wolf, Columbia Missourian 👇

Emily Wolf is an assistant city editor at the Columbia Missourian and an editorial associate with IRE. She was a Dow Jones News Fund data intern with Flatland KC in Kansas City this summer. She previously covered state government for the Missourian and produced newscasts and digital content for KOMU-TV. Wolf was a finalist for the 2019 IRE Student Award.

On Twitter: @_wolfemily

demo

Demo: Big Local News

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Track: Demo

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Take a tour of Big Local News, a project at Stanford University that collects, processes and publishes useful datasets and helps journalists collaborate on projects. Learn more about the platform and using it for your own projects, and how to access other ocllaborative projects such as the COVID Case Mapper.

The Demo Track is sponsored by Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session. The Big Local News team also is hosting a live office hours meeting from 2:45 - 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, just after this demo.

Speakers

Justin Mayo, Stanford University 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Dilcia Mercedes, Big Local news 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Dilcia Mercedes, Big Local news 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Cheryl Philips, Stanford University 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Serdar Tumgoren, Stanford University 👇

Serdar Tumgoren teaches data journalism at Stanford University. He previously worked on data and news apps teams at The Associated Press, The Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly.

On Twitter: @zstumgoren

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Demo: Backgrounding like a boss: Perfecting your 15-minute background check and why you should do it every time

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Tracks: Demo, Research skills & tools

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How are you sure that great source with the perfect quote isn't too good to be true? Even great reporters can get tricked by fake names or sketchy backgrounds. We'll walk through some websites and strategies you can use to create a routine and spot potential red flags before you get burned. This session is great for new reporters or anyone who wants to background people more thoroughly.

The Demo Track is sponsored by Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speaker

Kate Howard, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 👇

Kate Howard is the managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit radio newsroom housed at WFPL News Louisville. She was a reporter at KyCIR for two years before becoming editor in 2018. She was a newspaper reporter for 12 years, with stints at The Tennessean, The Florida Times-Union and the Omaha World-Herald. Howard is originally from Rhode Island.

On Twitter: @JournoKateH

meet the author

Meet the author: James B. Steele "America: What Went Wrong? The Crisis Deepens" and previous books

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Chat with James B. Steele, one of America's best known investigative reporters and author of seven books. "America: What Went Wrong?", first published in 1992 with Steele's reporting partner Donald L. Barlett, has been updated and expanded in 2020.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Sarah Cohen, Arizona State University 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

James B. Steele, Author 👇

James B. Steele is one of the nation’s most honored investigative reporters. He and his longtime reporting partner, Donald L. Barlett, have received virtually every major national reporting award, including two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine awards and five IRE awards. Steele is the co-author, with Barlett, of nine books. The most recent is "America: What Went Wrong? The Crisis Deepens," an updated and expanded edition of their No. 1 New York Times bestseller.

On Twitter: @jbsphilly

networking

Networking: Broadcast medium market

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for anyone from medium market broadcast stations.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Josh Hinkle, KXAN/NBC Austin 👇

Josh Hinkle is KXAN’s director of investigations & innovation, leading the station’s duPont and IRE Award-winning investigative team on multiple platforms. He also leads KXAN’s political coverage as the executive producer and host of “State of Texas,” a weekly program focused on the Texas Legislature and elections, seen in 14 markets statewide.

On Twitter: @hinklej

Zaneta Lowe, WREG-TV 👇

Zaneta Lowe is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of broadcast experience. She’s currently the daybreak and noon anchor/investigative reporter for WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee. Zaneta’s work, which includes in-depth reports on poverty, exposing dangerous day cares and nursing homes and failures in the state’s child protective services system, focuses on shining a light on problems, protecting families and holding the powerful accountable.

On Twitter: @wregzaneta

panel

Story idea blitz: Environment

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Break open those notebooks and get ready to fill them with story ideas! This fast-paced, 30-minute session will give you months worth of investigative and watchdog story ideas on the environment beat.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Amal Ahmed, Texas Observer 👇

Amal Ahmed is a reporter at the Texas Observer based in North Texas. She reports on climate and the environment with a focus on justice and equity. Previously, she was a fact-checker at Texas Monthly. Her work has been published in a variety of outlets, including The Atlantic, CityLab and Popular Science.

On Twitter: @amalykinz

Naveena Sadasivam, Grist 👇

Naveena Sadasivam is a staff writer covering the environment, energy and climate change at Grist. She previously covered environmental issues at the Texas Observer, InsideClimate News and ProPublica. At ProPublica, she was part of a team that reported on the water woes of the West, a project that was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting.

On Twitter: @NaveenaSivam

Sessions starting at 2:45 p.m. ET

conversations

Office hours with Big Local news

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Hang out with the team from Big Local News, the at Stanford University that is helping journalists share and collaborate on data stories. Ask any questions about how the platform works and using it for your own projects. It is recommended that you watch the Big Local News demo (at 1:45 pm ET) before attending this session.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Justin Mayo, Stanford University 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Dilcia Mercedes, Big Local news 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Dilcia Mercedes, Big Local news 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Cheryl Philips, Stanford University 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Serdar Tumgoren, Stanford University 👇

Serdar Tumgoren teaches data journalism at Stanford University. He previously worked on data and news apps teams at The Associated Press, The Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly.

On Twitter: @zstumgoren

conversations

Media attorney Q&A

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Does your investigation contain complex legal questions? Unsure of how to proceed? Bring your questions for an informal discussion with Matt Topic, who leads the Freedom of Information practice at Loevy & Loevy in Chicago.

This session is sponsored by TEGNA Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded.

Speaker

Matt Topic, Loevy & Loevy 👇

Matt Topic leads Loevy & Loevy’s Freedom of Information Act practice. Matt has litigated hundreds of state and federal FOIA and other media cases around the country, often at reduced or no cost to clients, including release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in Chicago; records from the Mueller investigation; Rahm Emanuel’s "private emails" about public business; and FBI records that helped lead to the exoneration of an innocent man.

On Twitter: @mvtopic

conversations

Data office hours: Tableau & data viz

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Are you learning Tableau or have a data viz project you'd like help wtih? Come to data office hours with IRE deputy executive director Denise Malan and University of Arkansas assistant professor Rob Wells and ask all your Tableau questions!

Note: This session is live only and will not be available as a recording after the conference.

Speakers

Denise Malan, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Rob Wells, University of Arkansas 👇

Wells is an assistant professor and graduate coordinator in journalism at the University of Arkansas with a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from St. John's College in Annapolis. He wrote the books "The Enforcers: How Little-Known Trade Reporters Exposed the Keating Five" and "Advanced Business Journalism." Wells was a reporter and editor for 26 years for Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and The Associated Press.

On Twitter: @rwells1961

networking

Networking: Journalists of color (meetup No. 1)

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This is the first of two networking sessions for journalists of color.

This session is sponsored by the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Mai Hoang, Yakima Herald 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Bowdeya Tweh, Wall Street Journal 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

networking

Networking: Freelancers (meetup No. 1)

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This is the first of two networking sessions for freelance journalists.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Hilary Niles, Niles Media LLC 👇

Hilary Niles is an independent reporter and data journalist for public radio, print and online publications. With roots in community radio, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, the Boston Globe and magazines from Vermont to Australia. Hilary holds a master’s degree from Mizzou, and currently chairs the Society of Professional Journalists’ Freelance Community and serves on SPJ’s FOI Committee.

On Twitter: @nilesmedia

Wudan Yan, Independent journalist 👇

Wudan Yan is an independent journalist in Seattle covering science, health and environmental and social justice. She is the co-host of The Writers' Co-op, a business podcast for freelance writers.

On Twitter: @wudanyan

panel

The shape of a sonic series

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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You’ve got some good tape, interesting findings and potential for your story to make a great podcast. Now what? This session will go deep into setting up a system to track what you know and how you know it; making your process part of the story; structuring your long form stories for audio; and matching your creativity with your investigative reporting.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom webinar room where attendees are not on video and can raise their hands to speak to presenters.

Speakers

Chip Brantley, University of Alabama 👇

Brantley is co-host of the NPR podcast White Lies, which was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting. His other projects include working as the creative producer of Whitman, Alabama, and writing "The Perfect Fruit," a book about the origin of the pluot. Brantley also co-founded the Desert Island Supply Co., a creative writing program for kids in Birmingham, and he is a lecturer in journalism at the University of Alabama.

On Twitter: @chipbrantley

Ike Sriskandarajah, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting 👇

Ike Sriskandarajah is an Emmy award-winning radio reporter/producer for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Ike was a narrative audio producer at The New York Times podcast “The Daily” and once tracked down the kids who appear on "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." He hails from Wisconsin and is based in New York City with his family.

On Twitter: @RadioIke

Kameel Stanley, USA TODAY 👇

Kameel Stanley is a podcaster, journalist, storyteller and everyone’s favorite auntie. She’s currently a national correspondent at USA TODAY and was the senior producer of the organization’s critically acclaimed investigative podcast The City. Previously, she co-hosted and produced We Live Here, a podcast about race and class from St. Louis Public Radio and PRX. And before that, she was a beat reporter at the Tampa Bay Times for several years. She is based in St. Louis.

On Twitter: @cornandpotatoes

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Perfecting your story idea and pitch

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Investigative journalists with experience on multiple platforms – print and web, radio and podcast, television – help you hone your ideas and tune your pitches to up your odds of success. Whether you are a freelancer, a newcomer to investigative reporting or a journeyman, this session will offer valuable insights, including ways to crowdsource, how to predict impact and tips on beating your competition to the best investigative ideas.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Amy Pyle, USA TODAY 👇

Amy Pyle is USA TODAY's national investigations editor, guiding multi-platform projects created by a team of reporters based across the country in collaboration with other teams, including reporters and editors around the Gannett network. Previously, Amy was editor-in-chief at The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she helped launch the successful Reveal radio show/podcast and oversaw numerous award-winning projects.

On Twitter: @amy_pyle

Claudia Vargas, WCAU- NBC10 👇

Claudia Vargas is an investigative reporter for NBC10 and Telemundo62 in Philadelphia, making the switch from print to broadcast earlier this year. Vargas spent the past 10 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer, most recently as an investigative reporter.

On Twitter: @ByClaudiaVargas

Vanessa de la Torre, New England News Collaborative 👇

Vanessa de la Torre is executive editor of the New England News Collaborative, a partnership of 10 public media stations. Previously, she was supervising producer for a regional Emmy-winning TV special on a 2019 fatal police shooting. A former newspaper reporter, Vanessa was part of the Hartford Courant team that was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. She's a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford’s Graduate Program in Journalism.

On Twitter: @vdelatorre

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Navigating federal FOIA

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Public records

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Tactical — and practical — tips and advice on how to use federal FOIA and state open records laws to get the documents you requested.

This session is sponsored by TEGNA Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Nate Jones, Washington Post 👇

Nate Jones is the FOIA director for The Washington Post, where he works with reporters to target documents to request, appeal and sue for. He gives FOIA training sessions and advises reporters on how to write and refine requests, navigate delays and overredactions and overcome other bureaucratic resistance. He previously was the director of the FOIA Project for the National Security Archive and has served two terms on the federal FOIA Advisory Committee.

On Twitter: @FOIANate

Ron Nixon, The Associated Press 👇

Ron Nixon is global investigations editor at The Associated Press based in Washington, D.C. Nixon manages a team of nearly 20 investigative reporters based in Brussels, Cairo, Washington and several cities around the country. Nixon was previously the homeland security correspondent for The New York Times, where he worked for nearly 14 years. He is the author of “Selling Apartheid: Apartheid South Africa’s Global Propaganda War” and co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society.

On Twitter: @nixonron

Cheryl W. Thompson, NPR 👇

Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police and the unsolved murders of six Black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards.

On Twitter: @cherylwt

Katie Townsend, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Holding them accountable

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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Experienced broadcast investigative reporters share techniques and tips for how they hold the powerful accountable. The panel will prepare you for accountability interviews – both scheduled and unscheduled. The panel will also show how you can hold institutions and officials accountable when they hide.

The Broadcast Track is sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Some speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Nancy Amons, WSMV 👇

Nancy is a general assignment reporter at WSMV in Nashville. Her interview with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made international news in October, earning praise for her “unflinching follow-up questions." Amons’s prior investigations sent an acting sheriff and a sitting judge to federal prison. Her proudest achievement in her 40-year career as a reporter is the IRE award.

On Twitter: @WSMVNancyAmons

Eric Flack, WUSA9 Washington 👇

WUSA9 Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Flack works in his hometown of Washington, D.C. His reporting has uncovered police cover-ups and abuse of power, often focusing on police overreach in communities of color. On 9/11/2001 Eric found himself in New York City during the 9/11 attack on America. He raced to the World Trade Center arriving moments before the first tower fell. He has more than two decades of experience in local news.

On Twitter: @EricFlackTV

Joel Grover, NBC4 Los Angeles 👇

Joel Grover has been an investigative reporter for NBC4 Los Angeles since 2003. He is nationally known for his undercover investigations and recently has been covering homelessness and the pandemic as part of his beat. He has won nearly every major award for investigative reporting, including the Peabody, the DuPont-Columbia, six national Edward R. Murrow Awards, and two IRE Medals.

On Twitter: @joelnbcla

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Covering voter access in a tumultuous year

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Election 2020

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Speakers

Ari Berman, Mother Jones 👇

Ari Berman is a senior reporter at Mother Jones, covering voting rights, and a reporting fellow at Type Media Center. He’s the author of "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America" and "Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics." He won a 2017 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media.

On Twitter: @AriBerman

Jessica Huseman, ProPublica 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Carrie Levine, Center for Public Integrity 👇

Carrie Levine has covered money in politics and democracy issues for the Center for Public Integrity since October 2014. She previously was research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. She has also been a reporter and associate editor for The National Law Journal, and she reported for the Charlotte Observer and two Massachusetts newspapers. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

On Twitter: @levinecarrie

Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune 👇

Alexa Ura is an associate editor and reporter at The Texas Tribune. As the Tribune’s demographics reporter, she covers the intersection between politics and race with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population. She also covers voting rights issues for the Tribune.

On Twitter: @alexazura

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Challenging the police narrative

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Law enforcement investigations

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Journalists often rely on police accounts, through press releases, social media and police reports, as a primary source of information, especially in breaking news situations. But what happens when the official account is not true? Hear from journalists who have challenged the police narrative in both breaking news situations and cases that are several years old.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Dalton Bennett, The Washington Post 👇

Dalton Bennett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and researcher with the investigations unit of The Washington Post. Since joining The Post in 2016, he has examined foreign influence campaigns, police misconduct and most recently political appointees. Before joining The Post, Bennett worked for The Associated Press, based in Berlin, Dubai, Athens and Bishkek, covering a range of topics from conflict to a charcoal-smuggling network linked to Al-Shabab.

On Twitter: @ddaltonbennett

Peggy Lowe, KCUR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Topher Sanders, ProPublica 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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A conversation with Maria Ressa

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: International

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Maria Ressa of the Philippines has been honored worldwide for her courageous, bold work fighting disinformation, "fake news" and attempts to silence the free press. In 2018, she was named Time magazine "Person of the Year." Ressa is co-founder, CEO and executive editor of the news site Rappler. She faces multiple criminal charges in the Philippines that carry maximum prison sentences of nearly 100 years.

In conversation with IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix, Ressa discusses how threats to a free press in the Philippines ripple far beyond Rappler and her home country. She offers insight and inspiration on fighting back against government and social media harassment. She also details how she's taking care of her 100-member staff during such trauma, as well as a six-month lockdown in the Philippines due to coronavirus.

A fund has been established to help Ressa and her Rappler colleagues with their mounting legal bills.

Note: This session was pre-recorded.

Speakers

Doug Haddix, Investigative Reporters & Editors 👇

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Maria Ressa, Rappler.com 👇

The Cofounder, CEO, and Executive Editor of Rappler.com, a leading online news organization in the Philippines. Maria has been honored worldwide for her courageous and bold work fighting disinformation, “fake news” and attempts to silence the free press. In 2018, she was named Time magazine "Person of the Year." She has been a journalist in Asia for more than 30 years. Maria speaks to organizations of all kinds on freedom of the press and corporate governance. Recently, a Manila court convicted Maria of cyber libel carrying a jail term of up to six years.

On Twitter: @mariaressa

Sessions starting at 4 p.m. ET

networking

Q&A with Fund for Investigative Journalism Board members (meetup No. 1)

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 4 – 4:45 p.m. ET (m)

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This is an opportunity to ask FIJ Board members — who vote on every grant application — questions about potential grants. You can learn more about the grant criteria generally, and you can get feedback on ideas for specific projects.

Note: This session will be not be recorded. It is in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video.

🔊 Speaker details coming soon!

networking

Q&A with CNN (meetup No. 1)

🕙 Tuesday (9/22) • 4 – 4:45 p.m. ET (m)

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This is an opportunity to chat with CNN representatives and learn more about the company and opportunities there.

Note: This session will not be recorded. It is in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video.

🔊 Speaker details coming soon!

Wednesday, 9/23

Sessions starting at 11 a.m. ET

special

Help desk

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET (120m)

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Stuck trying to find your way around, make your profile, navigate the schedule, or sort out some tech issues? Drop by the live help desk to get your questions answered.

The help desk is open to everyone, including attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and recruiters.

Speaker

Stephanie Klimstra, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 12 p.m. ET

conversations

Conversations about color: Covering social justice, newsrooms and investigations while Black

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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A conversation with women of color on the challenges and opportunities in the current news climate. From developing story ideas, to newsroom conversations, to on-air coverage, a discussion on experiences and best practices for telling stories that impact society.

The Broadcast Track is sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will not be recorded.

Speakers

Samantha Chatman, ABC7 Chicago 👇

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Kyle Jones, NBC Connecticut 👇

Kyle was born in Connecticut and grew up in Maryland outside of Washington, D.C. Prior to NBC Connecticut, Kyle worked at WMDT in Maryland, WMTW in Maine and WJCL in Georgia. Her first investigation in Maine sparked an interest in digging deeper. A tip about rat poison on a beach led to the firing of a local official who was charged with stealing cash from the town. Before journalism, Kyle spent eight years in PR.

On Twitter: @KyleJonesNBC

Tonya Simpson, ABC News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

master class

Master class: Management

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Tracks: Master class, Career & management skills

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Experienced editors will share practical tips on how they’ve run their teams to produce high-impact investigations and blockbuster projects — even when newsroom resources are tight. Mark Rochester, editor-in-chief at Type Investigations, and Jim Schaefer, senior news director at Detroit Free Press, will discuss how they became I-team leaders and detail how they helped their reporters excel.

Topics will include:

* How to run a team to create the best work

* Managing up: handling expectations from bosses (and avoiding drive-by editing)

* Picking stories, producing packages, and bullet-proofing everything

* The pros and cons of rolling investigations versus long-term projects

* Maintaining relationships around the newsroom

* Managing your time and organizing the work

This class is ideal for reporters who are looking to break into leadership and existing editors who want tips on how to manage effectively.

Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.

Speakers

Mark Rochester, Type Investigations 👇

Mark J. Rochester, IRE Vice President, is the Editor in Chief at Type Investigations, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in Manhattan. He was previously senior news director for investigations at the Detroit Free Press. His career includes senior leadership positions at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Associated Press, Denver Post, Newsday and the Indianapolis Star. He served on the IRE board from 2001-2003.

On Twitter: @mjrochester

Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Master class: It’s just video… Until a storyteller creates an experience

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Tracks: Master class, Broadcast

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Tried and true drivers of the narrative: focus, surprise, suspense, and character are powerful tools. It’s time to put them to work in your stories. Together, let’s answer the questions, why do we laugh, why do we cry, why do we care — and how can we make it happen for our viewers more often? Boyd Huppert will open wide the toolbox that’s helped him earn an unprecedented 19 National Edward R. Murrow Awards in both hard news and feature reporting.

Topics will include:

* Creating interactive – not passive – viewing experiences

* The first :30 -- hooking viewers with powerful opens

* How to avoid emotion-draining clichés

* Unlocking the hidden power in sentences

* Ten literary devices that will breathe life into your writing

* Creating moment-driven stories viewers will remember long after the newscast ends

Bring your notepad. This session will be loaded with practical tips to bring back to your newsroom and your next story.

Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.

Speaker

Boyd Huppert, KARE TV 👇

Boyd Huppert works as a reporter at KARE TV in Minneapolis. He’s also presented more than 200 visual storytelling workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Boyd's reporting has been recognized with a national Emmy, the Scripps Howard Award, 19 national Murrow awards and four Sigma Delta Chi Awards. Prior to his 1996 arrival at KARE, Boyd worked at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, KETV in Omaha and WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @boydhuppert

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Master class: Digital Investigations

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Track: Master class

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This workshop will teach fundamental skills, tools, and techniques for conducting digital investigations. The workshop will mix demos with exercises for participants using tools that are free or reasonably priced. No computer programming or advanced technical skills are required. You'll learn digital investigative and OSINT techniques that can be used in just about any story.

Craig Silverman and Jane Lytvynenko from BuzzFeed News will show you how to:

* Find people and online identities

* Monitor and analyze social media content and accounts

* Investigate websites

* Connect it all together using network analysis

Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.

Speakers

Jane Lytvynenko, BuzzFeed News 👇

Jane Lytvynenko is an award-winning reporter at BuzzFeed News, where she focuses on disinformation, cybersecurity and online investigations. Jane has uncovered social media manipulation campaigns associated with state actors, financially-motivated bad actors spreading disinformation and key data breaches. Her work also brings accessible fact-checking to wide audiences during times of crisis. Jane is from Kyiv, Ukraine, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

On Twitter: @janelytv

Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed News 👇

Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and author and one of the world's leading experts on online disinformation and digital investigations. He is the media editor at BuzzFeed News, where he covers platforms and online disinformation. Craig is also editor of the European Journalism Centre’s Verification Handbook series. These free online books offer world-class guidance on how to verify online content and investigate disinformation and media manipulation.

On Twitter: @craigsilverman

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Master class: Covering inequality and racial issues on any beat

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Tracks: Master class, Exposing systemic inequities

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This master class will address reporting techniques and strategies for covering racial inequality in your community.

The class will be split into three sections:

* Borrowing techniques from social sciences to develop an understanding of structural racism in your community

* Review and exploration of data sets that can help contextualize disparities in your community or beat.

* Workshop to implement these strategies and relevant data on reporting projects as well as techniques for getting buy in from your editors. Registrants should bring ideas they'd like to discuss to this workshop.

Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.

Speakers

Fernando Diaz, The Chicago Reporter 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Venise Wagner, San Francisco State University, 👇

Venise Wagner is professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where she has taught since 2001. She has a 12-year career as a reporter for several California dailies, including the Orange County Register, the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle. She has won awards for her coverage of education and of religion/ethics and is co-author/co-editor of Reporting Inequality: Tools and Methods for Covering Race and Ethnicity, which was published in 2019.

On Twitter: @venisewagner

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Words matter: Beware harmful language in your writing

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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Investigating the immigration crisis on the border

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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The panelists will discuss and provide strategies for gathering immigration information and data during the pandemic and how that's been made more of a challenge under an administration that's not a champion of free press and transparency. The panelists will also discuss in more general terms data and information gathering during various administrations over time.

The Exposing Systemic Inequities Track is sponsored by CNN. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune 👇

Julián Aguilar reports on politics and border affairs from the Texas-Mexico border with a focus on immigration reform and enforcement, voter ID, international trade, border security and the drug trade.

On Twitter: @nachoaguilar

Valeria Fernández, Independent journalist 👇

Valeria Fernández is an investigative independent journalist and filmmaker focused on amplifying voices of immigrant communities. She collaborates with Latino USA, Radio Bilingue, The Guardian, California Sunday Magazine and the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. She is a finalist for investigative reporting on the 2020 James Beard Award. In 2018, the Heising-Simons Foundation honored Fernández with the American Mosaic Journalism Prize.

On Twitter: @valfernandez

Jude Joffe-Block, The Associated Press 👇

Jude Joffe-Block has reported on immigration and border issues for over a decade for outlets that include The Guardian, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, NPR and The World. In July 2020, she joined The Associated Press as a reporter and editor on its news verification team.

On Twitter: @judejoffeblock

Oriana Zill, CBS News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

How to prepare for any type of interview

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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There is simply no substitute for getting sources to talk. Even if you are a document-hound or a data expert, interviews with actual humans remain central to our jobs as journalists. In this panel, we will talk about how to prepare for interviews big and small. We will share strategies on how to build trust with sources over time and talk about how to ethically handle sources who may have been traumatized or taken advantage of. We will also dig into those confrontational interviews, including how to prepare, keep your cool and approach every scenario with fairness and grace.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Ellen Gabler, The New York Times 👇

Ellen Gabler is an investigative reporter at The New York Times. Before joining The Times in 2017, she worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a reporter and deputy investigations editor. She is a former IRE board member and graduate of Emory University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

On Twitter: @egabler

Maya Lau, Los Angeles Times 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Bernice Yeung, ProPublica 👇

Bernice Yeung is a reporter for ProPublica, where she covers labor and employment. Her book, "In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers" (The New Press, 2018), was honored with the 2019 PEN America/John Galbraith Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She was a 2015-2016 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

On Twitter: @bmyeung

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Following the trail of police surveillance technology

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Law enforcement investigations

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With protests across the country this year, there is a renewed focus on the surveillance powers of police and how they affect journalists and citizens. Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation walks through the EFF's newest project, the Atlas of Surveillance, a database of technologies used by police departments across the country, and gives a primer on the surveillance technologies investigative journalists need to know.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speaker

Dave Maass, Electronic Frontier Foundation 👇

Dave Maass is a senior investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation specializing in the intersection of criminal justice and technology. He also leads the Atlas of Surveillance project in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism. Prior to joining EFF, Dave worked as an investigative reporter at alternative newsweeklies across the American Southwest.

On Twitter: @maassive

panel

Finding your freelance rhythm

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Career & management skills

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Considering freelance or new to the gig? This session will cover the main points you need to know, such as negotiating for better contracts (kill fees, compounding-late-payment fees, being paid by the word and not a flat rate, etc.), juggling projects to ensure a steady income and not a sporadic one and, of course, pitching stories and grants for investigative projects.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Dan Schwartz, Independent journalist 👇

Schwartz is an award-winning independent journalist based in northern Vermont. He worked for five years at daily newspapers out west and back east and before the pandemic struck was launching a freelance career writing about the environment for magazines. Now, Schwartz is retooling for the time in between then and when this will be over. He holds a master's from the Missouri School of Journalism.

On Twitter: @VTDanSchwartz

Erin Siegal McIntyre, Independent journalist 👇

For more than 15 years, Erin Siegal McIntyre has worked as a cross-platform investigative journalist, and she was based on the border in Tijuana, Mexico, for a decade. Her book “Finding Fernanda” was the basis for an hour-long CBS investigation that won a 2015 Emmy, and her work has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, LatinoUSA and many other outlets. As of July 2020, she also teaches journalism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

On Twitter: @ESMcIntye

Aaricka Washington, Independent journalist 👇

Aaricka Washington is an education reporter based in Austin, Texas. Most recently, she covered news in 15 school districts in Central Texas as the K-12 education reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Before working at the Statesman, she interned at The Hechinger Report. She is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School. In her past life, she served as a Teach for America corps member and an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.

On Twitter: @aarickawash

panel

AMA: Maria Hinojosa, NPR

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Come chat with Maria Hinojosa, founder of The Futuro Media Group and anchor/executive producer of the long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA. Throughout her career, Hinojosa has worked to give voice to undercovered communities and report stories that are overlooked by traditional media. She has reported hundreds of important stories—from the immigrant work camps in NOLA after Hurricane Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to Emmy Award-winning stories of the poor in Alabama.

Hinojosa also has a new book, "Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America," out this month.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom webinar room where attendees are not on video and can raise their hands to speak to presenters.

Speaker

Maria Hinojisa, Futuro Media 👇

As anchor and executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, and co-host of Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast In The Thick, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

Sessions starting at 1:15 p.m. ET

demo

Demo: Tracking coronavirus relief funds

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Tracks: Demo, Coronavirus

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Finding out which companies received government loans and aid is usually just the beginning of the story. In this demo, we'll use a host of sources to look up information on both public and private companies to find interesting leads for watchdog stories about the Paycheck Protection Program. Follow along with all of the links used in this session at https://profrobwells.github.io/Guest_Lectures/IRE.Companies/IRE_20.html

The Demo Track is sponsored by Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speaker

Rob Wells, University of Arkansas 👇

Wells is an assistant professor and graduate coordinator in journalism at the University of Arkansas with a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from St. John's College in Annapolis. He wrote the books "The Enforcers: How Little-Known Trade Reporters Exposed the Keating Five" and "Advanced Business Journalism." Wells was a reporter and editor for 26 years for Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and The Associated Press.

On Twitter: @rwells1961

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Meet the authors: Brant Houston and Mark Horvit, "The Investigative Reporter's Handbook"

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Chat with Brant Houston and Mark Horvit, both journalism professors and former IRE executive directors who collaborated on the latest edition of "The Investigative Reporters Handbook," in this informal session.

The sixth edition of the handbook was released in June. It is available from the IRE store (ire.org/shop).

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Mark Horvit, University of Missouri 👇

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Brant Houston, University of Illinois 👇

Brant Houston is the Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois. Before coming to Illinois, he was executive director of IRE for more than a decade and an investigative reporter for 17 years. He is author of five editions of "Data for Journalists: A Practical Guide to Computer-Assisted Reporting" and co-author of editions four through six of "The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook."

On Twitter: @branthouston

panel

Story idea blitz: Local government accountability

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Break open those notebooks and get ready to fill them with story ideas! This fast-paced, 30-minute session will give you months worth of investigative and watchdog story ideas on the local government beat.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Ana Ley, The Virginian-Pilot 👇

Ana Ley is a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot. She's also worked at newspapers in Las Vegas, San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border. A proud immigrant, her career spans 12 years and a mix of work that includes breaking news, features and investigations that has aimed to defend, chronicle and celebrate America’s marginalized communities. In 2017, her coverage of a tunnel operator’s predatory tolling practices led to a CEO’s demotion and refunds of up to $7,000 for hundreds of people.

On Twitter: @La__Ley

Rebecca Tan, The Washington Post 👇

Rebecca Tan is a writer and reporter at the Washington Post, where she covers local government. She has written extensively about the impact of coronavirus in the D.C. metro area, focusing on the disproportionate impact on nursing homes and underserved communities. She reported on the historic protests in Washington following the killing of George Floyd and contributed to the Post’s coverage of back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in 2019.

On Twitter: @rebtanhs

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What we do ain’t easy

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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How do you keep your mind on your reporting when there are slings and arrows flying all around you? Threats of lawsuits, threats against your life, slurs and nasty comments, all among a pandemic and social unrest. What we do ‘aint always easy or glamorous and can sometimes lead to personal stress and burnout. These journalism veterans share their stories of how they’ve managed to keep all the plates spinning.

The Broadcast Track is sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Nydia Han, WPVI-TV 👇

Nydia Han is an Emmy-winning journalist and creator of the nationally recognized documentary series #ThisIsAmerica, a look at racism and the diverse American experience. Nydia has focused her career on investigative/solutions journalism aimed at protecting consumers and holding businesses and government agencies accountable. Nydia earned her B.S. in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

On Twitter: @nydia_han

Jeremy Jojola, KUSA-TV 👇

Jeremy has been in the television news industry since the late 1990s. His most recent investigations focused on abandoned elderly patients at hospitals, which prompted legislative change in Colorado. IRE also recently honored Jeremy with the Don Bolles Medal for his coverage of white supremacy and hate groups.

On Twitter: @jeremyjojola

Phil Williams, WTVF-TV, NewsChannel 5 👇

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Objectivity, privilege and how we report on protests

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Law enforcement investigations

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Reflecting on another year of Black Lives Matter protests and the coverage that ensued, this talk explores the history of our industry, the ideals it upholds, and the deep fault lines running through our newsrooms as they fail to accurately represent the diversity of our people.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Ellis Simani, ProPublica 👇

Ellis Simani is a data reporter at ProPublica. Before joining ProPublica, he was a Metpro fellow on the Los Angeles Times’ data visualization desk. There, he covered a variety of topics, ranging from visualizing environmental issues along California’s coast to investigating the shortcomings of the Census Bureau’s racial categories.

On Twitter: @emsimani

Moiz Syed, ProPublica 👇

Moiz Syed is a journalist, designer and developer on ProPublica's news apps team, covering the federal government. Previously he worked at The Intercept as a data journalist.

On Twitter: @moizsyed

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How to frame your investigation and tell a captivating narrative that gets noticed

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

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You've got the goods for a blockbuster and plenty of reporting to back it up, but now what? Skip the bullet points. We'll talk strategies for reporting for narrative, and for weaving your investigative findings with artful storytelling that will hold your audience’s attention and amplify your impact.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Lisa Gartner, The Philadelphia Inquirer 👇

Lisa Gartner is an investigative reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Most recently, her investigation into child abuse at the nation's oldest reform school led Pennsylvania to shut down the campus and overhaul the state's juvenile justice system. Prior to joining The Inquirer in 2018, Gartner was an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. She has been the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award, the IRE Medal and other honors.

On Twitter: @lisagartner

Monica Rhor, Houston Chronicle 👇

Monica Rhor is an award-winning editorial writer and columnist with the Houston Chronicle's editorial board. She has also been a staff writer for the Associated Press, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer and Orange County Register. Monica, who was born in Ecuador, is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the National Association of Black Journalists and IRE. She has served as a mentor on student projects for NAHJ, NABJ and UNITY and taught high school journalism and English.

On Twitter: @monicarhor

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AMA: David Fahrenthold, The Washington Post

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

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Just in time for Election 2020, bring your questions for David Fahrenthold, who covers the Trump family and their business interests for The Washington Post. In this AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session, moderator Ayesha Rascoe of NPR will briefly interview Fahrenthold, then turn to the chat to ask questions from attendees.

Fahrenthold won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his coverage of Donald Trump, in which he combined crowdsourcing with old-school reporting to illuminate the truth about Trump's charitable giving (or lack thereof). He has been at the Post since 2000. You can find him on Twitter at @fahrenthold.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

David Fahrenthold, The Washington Post 👇

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Ayesha Rascoe, NPR 👇

Ayesha Rascoe is a White House reporter for NPR. In her current role, she covers breaking news and policy developments from the White House. As a part of the White House team, she's also a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast. Prior to joining NPR, Rascoe covered the White House for Reuters, chronicling President Barack Obama's final year in office. She graduated from Howard University in 2007 with a B.A. in journalism.

On Twitter: @ayesharascoe

Sessions starting at 1:45 p.m. ET

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Behind the story: Land-Grab Universities by High Country News

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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Go behind the story to hear about the data, documents, tips and sources to learn how to find similar stories in your area.

In this session, Tristan Ahtone, editor in chief of the Texas Observer and a former editor at High Country News, and historian Robert Lee, a professor at the University of Cambridge, take us behind their "Land-Grab Universities" project, which revealed how 52 land-grant universities acquired millions of acres of indiginous land. High Country News also published an extensive methodology and downloadable data to help reporters investigate university lands.

Read the story and get the data at landgrabu.org.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Tristan Ahtone, Texas Observer 👇

Tristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe and serves as editor-in-chief at the Texas Observer. His stories have won multiple honors, including investigative awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Gannett Foundation. He additionally was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University in 2017. He is president of the Native American Journalists Association.

On Twitter: @tahtone

Robert Lee, University of Cambridge 👇

Robert Lee is lecturer in American history at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Selwyn College. He was formerly junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

On Twitter: @Bobby_L33

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Meet the author: Seymour Hersh "Reporter: A Memoir"

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Chat with Seymour Hersh, longtime investigative reporter and author of more than 10 books. His latest book, "Reporter: A Memoir," tells teh stories behind many of his most well-known investigative pieces, including the My Lai massacre and Abu Ghraib.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Seymour Hersh, Independent journalist 👇

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Networking: New IRE members

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for new IRE members. Welcome!

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Naomi Harris, The Capital Gazette 👇

A reporter for the Capital Gazette, Naomi joined the staff in 2019 and cover education. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2017 and has written for The DC Line and the Washington Afro American newspaper.

On Twitter: @NaomiJayHarris

Josh McGhee, The Chicago Reporter 👇

Josh McGhee is an investigative reporter at the Chicago Reporter focusing on criminal justice, race, class and inequality issues. He's covered Chicago in various capacities over the last decade, including as a crime and mayhem reporter at the now-defunct DNAinfo and as an executive producer at WVON 1690AM.

On Twitter: @theVoiceofJosh

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Story idea blitz: Data

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Break open those notebooks and get ready to fill them with story ideas! This fast-paced, 30-minute session will give you months worth of investigative and watchdog story ideas for using data in your reporting.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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John Harden, The Washington Post 👇

John D. Harden is a database reporter for The Washington Post. He uses data to investigate and uncover disparities in areas like business, schools, health and public safety. He joined the Post in 2018 after leaving the Houston Chronicle.

On Twitter: @Jdharden

Angelina Mosher, WUWM 89.7 👇

Angelina Mosher Salazar has told stories from the jungles of Costa Rica, the mountains of Lebanon and the chaos of Cairo. Currently, she is a reporter at Milwaukee’s NPR station, where she has reported on everything from Milwaukee’s underground salsa scene to protests in Kenosha. Her work has aired on various NPR programs including LatinoUSA and All Things Considered. Angelina is a 2019 IRE Diversity Fellow and proud member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

On Twitter: @angelinamosher

Sessions starting at 2:45 p.m. ET

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Media attorney Q&A

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Does your investigation contain complex legal questions? Unsure of how to proceed? Bring your questions for an informal discussion with Katie Townsend, legal director for Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

This session is sponsored by TEGNA Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded.

Speaker

Katie Townsend, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

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Data office hours: SQL & databases

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Are you learning SQL or have a project you'd like help wtih? Come to data office hours with NICAR adviser David Herzog and Megan Luther of Gray TV and ask all your SQL questions!

Note: This session is live only and will not be available as a recording after the conference.

Speakers

David Herzog, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Megan Luther, InvestigateTV 👇

Megan Luther is an investigative producer with InvestigateTV, Gray Television's national investigative team. Previously, she was IRE's senior training director and a data analyst for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Megan, mother of two, works remotely in South Dakota.

On Twitter: @MeganLuther

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Conversation: Working with university investigative centers

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Maud Beelman, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism 👇

Maud Beelman is executive editor of Arizona State University’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. She was the founding director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, investigations editor at The Dallas Morning News and U.S. investigations editor for The Associated Press. She serves on the Alicia Patterson Foundation board and her work as reporter and editor has received numerous honors, including George Polk, IRE, SPJ, ONA and Overseas Press Club awards.

On Twitter: @maudbeelman

Kathy Best, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, University of Maryland 👇

Before joining the University of Maryland, Best was executive editor of The Seattle Times and the Missoulian in Montana, and she ran the national and metro desks at The Baltimore Sun, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. As a reporter, she covered government and politics in Illinois and Washington, D.C.

On Twitter: @kbest

Kathleen Johnston, Indiana University 👇

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Security of everyday newsroom tools

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Security

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Journalists communicate with co-workers and sources through a variety of everyday office tools, like Microsoft Office, Google Drive and Slack — even more now that more of us are working remotely. But just how secure are these tools? What are some of the security threats you might face, and what situations should you consider moving your communications to more secure tools?

Note: This session was pre-recorded. The speaker is available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Martin Shelton, Freedom of the Press Foundation 👇

Dr. Martin Shelton is the principal researcher at Freedom of the Press Foundation. His research focuses on how journalists manage their digital security concerns. He previously conducted research at Twitter, the Pew Research Center and Google. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.

On Twitter: @mshelton

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Networking: Broadcast producers

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for broadcast producers or anyone interested in producing.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

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Rick Yarborough, NBC DC 👇

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Uncovering dark money in 2020 elections and beyond

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Election 2020

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Dark money is playing a major role in 2020 elections. This panel will provide an overview of what you need to know to uncover dark money activity and try to find out who is behind it. Learn how to follow the money trails with tools and techniques to track secretive groups, piece together opaque spending networks, and uncover donors through tax returns, political advertising filings, corporate disclosures, digital ad archives, state-level records, campaign finance data and other sources.

The Election Track is sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom webinar room where attendees are not on video and can raise their hands to speak to presenters.

Speakers

Carrie Levine, Center for Public Integrity 👇

Carrie Levine has covered money in politics and democracy issues for the Center for Public Integrity since October 2014. She previously was research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. She has also been a reporter and associate editor for The National Law Journal, and she reported for the Charlotte Observer and two Massachusetts newspapers. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

On Twitter: @levinecarrie

Robert Maguire, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington 👇

Robert is the research director at Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (CREW), a watchdog group that promotes transparency and government ethics. Prior to joining CREW, Robert created OpenSecrets.org's program tracking the financial networks of dark money groups. In 2014, he won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for a series of investigative reports tracking dark money.

On Twitter: @RobertMaguire_

Anna Massoglia, OpenSecrets 👇

Anna Massoglia is a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics. She runs OpenSecrets' Dark Money project, tracks digital and political advertising, investigates foreign influence and helped launch the Foreign Lobby Watch project. Anna received her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law in 2015 and holds dual B.A. degrees from North Carolina State University. She previously worked as an editor and research analyst at Bloomberg Tax.

On Twitter: @annalecta

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The first hours of breaking news

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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When big news breaks, the investigator’s role is to dive head-first into the story behind the news story: How did this happen? How do we keep this from happening again? This session will offer tips and strategies for bringing an investigative edge to big breaking news stories, including how to develop a story in real time while using documents, databases, readers and innovative tools to own the story on air, in print and online.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Robert Barba, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires 👇

Robert Barba is spot news editor for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal. His team provides professional clients with news and insights on publicly traded companies. The team also provides real-time coverage for the Journal. Robert previously covered the banking industry for American Banker and Bankrate. Robert has served on the board of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing since 2015.

On Twitter: @Barbawire

Pei-Sze Cheng, NBC New York 👇

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Stacy Fernández, The Texas Tribune 👇

Stacy Fernández is a journalist who is passionate about reporting on marginalized communities. She covers breaking news and, more recently, education over at The Texas Tribune, a statewide nonprofit newsroom focused on politics and policy. She’s currently based in Austin,Texas, but is originally from Yonkers, New York (right outside the Bronx). Outside of reporting she enjoys listening to the latest author-narrated audiobook and painting portraits.

On Twitter: @StacyFernandezB

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Navigating state public records from cops to COVID

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Public records

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No matter the platform, state or level of expertise - this panel will offer the latest tips and tricks for obtaining public records — and facing associated challenges — including some of the biggest issues of 2020. Whether, its COVID, criminal justice, racial disparities or campaign finance data, the panel will share best practices for getting the records you need.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Anita Hassan, NBC News 👇

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Josh Hinkle, KXAN/NBC Austin 👇

Josh Hinkle is KXAN’s director of investigations & innovation, leading the station’s duPont and IRE Award-winning investigative team on multiple platforms. He also leads KXAN’s political coverage as the executive producer and host of “State of Texas,” a weekly program focused on the Texas Legislature and elections, seen in 14 markets statewide.

On Twitter: @hinklej

Kat Stafford, Associated Press 👇

Kat Stafford is an award-winning journalist and the national race and ethnicity writer for the Associated Press. She was elected to a two-year term on IRE's Board of Directors in 2020 and is the chair of IRE's Member Services Committee. Prior to the AP, she was an investigative journalist at the Detroit Free Press, where her coverage led to congressional inquiries, a federal audit, criminal probes and city legislation.

On Twitter: @kat__stafford

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Do you qualify as an ally?

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Tracks: Taking care, Exposing Systemic Inequities

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Jill Geisler, Loyola University Chicago/Freedom Forum 👇

Jill Geisler is Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago. She leads the Freedom Forum's Power Shift Project, guiding newsrooms to Workplace Integrity: environments free of harassment, discrimination and incivility and filled with opportunity, especially for those who have traditionally been denied it. A veteran newsroom leader, author and educator, she teaches and coaches in newsrooms worldwide.

On Twitter: @JillGeisler

Doug Haddix, Investigative Reporters & Editors 👇

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Covering housing from A-Z: Localizing affordable housing stories

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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Stories about redlining and the inequities among home loan recipients from big banks have dominated housing coverage in recent years. But homeownership is just one part of the affordable housing conversation that needs coverage. Public housing authorities, federal disinvestment in public housing/the Section 8 program, county/city first time homeowner loan programs, evictions at housing courts, slumlord landlords, tenant protection ordinances, and localizing coverage of how Secretary Ben Carson's HUD is effecting communities is vital and this panel would show attendees how to do it. This session is for people interested in ramping up housing coverage as a side beat, their main beat or a one-time project including data they should be requesting from their local agencies right now for quick turn stories or to find trends. This includes what to ask housing courts, best data from public housing authorities and more. This session goes beyond the redlining projects to help journalists find data driven affordable housing stories no matter where they are.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Ann Choi, THE CITY 👇

Ann Choi is THE CITY’s senior data reporter. She has worked as a data and investigative reporter for Newsday and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Her undercover investigation on real estate agents' discriminatory practices earned a George Polk and Peabody award. She has taught data journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at City University New York, Ohio University and St. Joseph's College. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin after emigrating from South Korea.

On Twitter: @annjychoi

Marissa Evans, The Star Tribune 👇

Marissa Evans is the social issues reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where she covers housing, race and equity issues. She was previously the health and human services reporter with the Texas Tribune, where she won an ONA Online Journalism Award in 2018 for her reporting on maternal mortality. Her reporting has appeared in Medium, Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, Civil Eats, The Washington Post, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Kaiser Health News.

On Twitter: @marissaaevans

Willoughby Mariano, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 👇

Willoughby Mariano is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and an investigative reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She previously worked at the Orlando Sentinel. Past honors include a National Headliner Award in investigative journalism and the Atlanta Press Club’s award for civil and human rights reporting. Mariano is past president of the Asian American Journalists Association’s Atlanta chapter and chaired the national organization’s 2019 convention.

On Twitter: @wmariano

Jessica Williams, The Times Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate 👇

Jessica Williams covers politics and government for The Times Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate, with a focus on housing, public transit and economic development. She has spent 10 years covering news in her native New Orleans. She has been recognized by the Press Club of New Orleans, the national Edward R. Murrow Awards and other professional organizations.

On Twitter: @jwilliamsNOLA

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AMA Cecilia Vega, ABC News

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Bring your questions, and let's talk politics wtih Cecilia Vega is an Emmy award-winning ABC News anchor and the network’s Senior White House Correspondent. Vega's work can be seen on "Good Morning America," “World News Tonight with David Muir,” "Nightline" and "20/20."

In her coverage of President Trump, Cecilia has made a name for herself pressing the administration on everything from Russia to immigration. She also covered the campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and aside from politics, has traveled the world to cover the London Olympics, the selection of a new pope in Rome the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom webinar room where attendees are not on video and can raise their hands to speak to presenters.

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Cecilia Vega, ABC News 👇

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Sessions starting at 4:30 p.m. ET

special

Keynote: Ronan Farrow

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET (60m)

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Acclaimed investigative journalist and author Ronan Farrow will deliver the IRE20 keynote address. Among other topics, he'll offer advice on how to develop and protect sources while tackling sensitve stories. In addition, he'll discuss strategies for protecting yourself as an investigative journalist during these tumultuous times.

Farrow is author of the best-selling “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.” His 2019 book details his efforts to investigate allegations of rape, sexual assault and abuse of women by powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker 👇

Farrow is author of the best-selling “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.” His 2019 book details his efforts to investigate allegations of rape, sexual assault and abuse of women by powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and allegations of intimidation and cover-up by powerful institutions including the news media.

Farrow is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, where his investigative work has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the National Magazine Award and the George Polk Award, among other honors. He previously worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, with his print commentary and reporting appearing in publications including the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Before his career in journalism, he served as a State Department official in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.” Farrow has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and one of GQ’s Men of the Year. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a member of the New York Bar. He recently completed a Ph.D. in political science at Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He lives in New York.

On Twitter: @RonanFarrow

Sessions starting at 5:30 p.m. ET

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Celebrating winners of the 2019 IRE Awards

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 5:30 – 6 p.m. ET (30m)

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Let's come together to celebrate the amazing work from the 2019 IRE Award winners and finalists! This session honoring all award winners will be followed by live breakout rooms where attendees can network with the winners to congratulate them and ask questions about their work.

Speakers

Doug Haddix, Investigative Reporters & Editors 👇

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Jennifer LaFleur, American University 👇

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Cheryl W. Thompson, NPR 👇

Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police and the unsolved murders of six Black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards.

On Twitter: @cherylwt

Sessions starting at 6 p.m. ET

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IRE Awards networking: Student Small and Large

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET (30m)

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IRE Awards networking: Radio/Audio Small and Large

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET (30m)

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IRE Awards networking: Print/Online Division III and IV

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET (30m)

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IRE Awards networking: Print/Online Division I and II

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET (30m)

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IRE Awards networking: FOIA Award & Sports Investigations

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET (30m)

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Josh Fine, HBO 👇

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Craig Whitlock, The Washington Post 👇

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IRE Awards networking: Broadcast/Video Division III and IV

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET (30m)

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IRE Awards networking: Broadcast/Video Division I and II

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET (30m)

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IRE Awards networking: Book

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET (30m)

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Katherine Eban, Fortune Magazine 👇

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Sessions starting at 6:30 p.m. ET

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Dance party with DJ Cutlos Supreme

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 6:30 – 8 p.m. ET (120m)

🚂️ Track: IRE Happy Hour

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Cut loose and shake off some of that stress of the past few months with Carlos Rico, AKA DJ Cutlos Supreme. Bring your favorite snack, drink and song requests and dance the night away!

The IRE Happy Hour is sponsored by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Note: Don't worry, you won't be on camera and this session is not being recorded.

Speaker

Carlos Rico, Oso Digital 👇

Rico is an award-winning multimedia journalist by day, genre-bending DJ by night, based in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. Rico is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and co-founder of the San Diego-Tijuana chapter scholarship. Se habla español and tacos!

On Twitter: @jcarlos_rico

Sessions starting at 7 p.m. ET

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Yoga for journalists: 60 minutes to decompress from 24/7 news

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 7 – 8 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: IRE Happy Hour

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Leslie The News Yogi will spend a few minutes discussing the signs you are are experiencing stress and trauma, and the importance of yoga for stress relief, before launching into a yoga flow focused on linking breath and movement and releasing tension.

Note: By participating in this session, you agree to terms of the liability waiver, available for viewing and download in the Files section of this session.

The IRE Happy Hour is sponsored by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded for viewing after the conference.

Speaker

Leslie Rangel, The News Yogi 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Virtual pet parade

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 7 – 8 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: IRE Happy Hour

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It's the moment you've been waiting for all year: A Zoom meeting where your pets are actually invited to come show off!

Bring your dogs, cats, birds, fish, ferrets, lizards, snakes — all your pets! — and share your favorite stories about them while networking with your fellow IRE members.

If you can't make it to the Pet Parade and would like to have your pet's bio included, please fill out this form and upload a photo.

The IRE Happy Hour is sponsored by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Note: This session is being recorded for viewing on demand.

Speaker

Jennifer LaFleur, American University 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Trivia happy hour

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 7 – 8 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: IRE Happy Hour

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Come try your hand at trivia and a little friendly competition at the IRE trivia happy hour!

The IRE Happy Hour is sponsored by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded. It takes place in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video.

Speakers

David Cuillier, University of Arizona 👇

David Cuillier, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism, and board president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. He is a former newspaper reporter and editor from the Pacific Northwest, former SPJ president, teaches FOI and data journalism, has testified before Congress three times regarding FOAI, and is co-author of “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records.”

On Twitter: @DavidCuillier

Chris Vachon, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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My favorite TV shows and movies

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 7 – 8 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: IRE Happy Hour

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Escape to a session where you can chat with other pop-culture nerds about your favorite TV shows and movies.

The IRE Happy Hour is sponsored by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Eric Deggans, NPR 👇

Eric Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, crafting stories and commentaries for the network’s shows, including Morning Edition, Here & Now and All Things Considered, along with writing material for NPR.org and the website’s blogs. He also serves as a media analyst and contributor for MSNBC and NBC News.

On Twitter: @Deggans

Kiko Martinez, San Antonio Current 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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My favorite books

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 7 – 8 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: IRE Happy Hour

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Booklovers, unite! Join this laid-back session to network with IRE members and talk about your favorite books or soak in some recommendations from others.

The IRE Happy Hour is sponsored by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded.

Speaker

Megan Luther, InvestigateTV 👇

Megan Luther is an investigative producer with InvestigateTV, Gray Television's national investigative team. Previously, she was IRE's senior training director and a data analyst for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Megan, mother of two, works remotely in South Dakota.

On Twitter: @MeganLuther

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Happy hour with the Local Legal Initiative from Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 7 – 8 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: IRE Happy Hour

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Speakers

Adam Marshall, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Gunita Singh, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Jenn Topper, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Happy hour with the California Playlist Coalition

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 7 – 8 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: IRE Happy Hour

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Put your headphones on, block out the world and share some tunes with a team of data journalists from across California. Come to hear their favorite quarantine songs and share recommendations of your own.

The IRE Happy Hour is sponsored by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Dana Amihere, KPCC/LAist 👇

Dana Amihere is a designer, developer and data journalist. She joined KPCC/LAist in 2018, where she currently works as data editor. She has a passion for finding the human stories behind the data points, digital storytelling and creating compelling news experiences for audiences. She previously worked in data reporting, interactive design and news apps development for The Baltimore Sun, Pew Research Center and The Dallas Morning News.

On Twitter: @write_this_way

Iris Lee, Los Angeles Times 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Ben Welsh, Los Angeles Times 👇

Ben Welsh is editor of the data and graphics department at the Los Angeles Times.

On Twitter: @palewire

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Guided meditation

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 7 – 8 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: IRE Happy Hour

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Feeling stressed? Are you noticing anxious feelings and racing thoughts making it difficult to manage day to day? Maybe you're experiencing trouble focusing and staying as productive as you would like. It's OK, and very normal given the circumstances.

The good news is that you don't have to suffer. There are easy-to-adopt strategies and techniques to help you find balance and calm amongst the chaos, even if you're "bad" at meditating or "don't have time" to meditate.

Join IRE member, Googler and coach Nicholas Whitaker for a 60-minute guided meditation class for beginners and experienced meditators alike, bringing together techniques from Vipassana, Insight Meditation, Zen Zazen meditation, and Dzogchen meditation modalities in a secular, easy to access format.

The session consists of 10 minutes of basic instruction, 45 minutes of guided meditation broken into three parts, and 5 minutes of silent reflection and Q&A. You'll walk away with science-backed and field-tested techniques to enhance your wellbeing.

No prior experience is required, and the session is accessible by all.

The IRE Happy Hour is sponsored by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded. It is in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video if they choose.

Speaker

Nick Whitaker, Google 👇

Nicholas is a strategic partner lead at Google, working with local news and media to help them meet their business goals, as well as a facilitator and coach on mindfulness, mental health and wellness. His work draws from 20+ years of mindfulness practice, extensive study of emotional intelligence, resilience, and the impact of technology on well being. You can learn more about his work at nicholaswhitaker.com

On Twitter: @coachwithnick

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Cooking show: Making apple Dutch babies with Mark

🕙 Wednesday (9/23) • 7 – 8 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: IRE Happy Hour

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New York Times reporter Mark Walker shows you how to make a Caramel-Apple Dutch Baby, a delicious dessert featured on the New York Times Cooking app. In addition to a medium (10-inch) ovenproof skillet -- preferably cast-iron -- here are the ingredients you'll need to have on hand if you'd like to follow along at home:

For the dutch baby:

- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)

- 3 large eggs

- ¾ cup all-purpose flour

- ⅔ cup whole milk

- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the caramel apples:

- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

- ¼ cup heavy cream

- ½ cup dark brown sugar

- 3 baking apples (about 1 pound), such as Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Gala, or Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch slices

- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

- Pinch of ground cinnamon

- Pinch of fine sea salt

For serving:

- Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)

New York Times subscribers can also follow along with the recipe here: bit.ly/ire20-dutch-baby

The IRE Happy Hour is sponsored by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Speaker

Mark Walker, The New York Times 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Thursday, 9/24

Sessions starting at 9 a.m. ET

networking

Networking: International (meetup No. 2)

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 9 – 10:30 a.m. ET (75m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This is the first of two networking sessions for journalists from countries outside the United States.

This session is sponsored by American University/The Investigative Reporting Workshop, the Global Investigative Journalism Network, and Reuters. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

John Bones, SKUP, Norway 👇

John Bones is managing director at SKUP, the Norwegian Foundation for Investigative Reporting. He is one of the Nordic data journalism pioneers, and he has been a journalist and editor at VG, the most-read daily newspaper in Norway. He has education in history, statistics, Nordic languages and French, and he has realized trainings in Norway, Denmark, Latvia, Nepal, at VVOJ, at Dataharvest and at NICAR, IRE and GIJN conferences.

On Twitter: @vgbones

Gabriela Manuli, Global Investigative Journalism Network 👇

Gabriela Manuli is the deputy director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). A native of Argentina, she has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She earned an M.A. in public policy (media, information and communications) at the Central European University and graduated in social communication science at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2019-2020, she audited courses at Harvard and MIT, and in 2008 she was a World Press Institute fellow.

On Twitter: @gabimanuli

Sessions starting at 11 a.m. ET

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Help desk

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET (120m)

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Stuck trying to find your way around, make your profile, navigate the schedule, or sort out some tech issues? Drop by the live help desk to get your questions answered.

The help desk is open to everyone, including attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and recruiters.

Speaker

Stephanie Klimstra, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 12 p.m. ET

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Master class: Mastering the interview (print focus)

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Track: Master class

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There’s a powerful person or organization in your area and they’re abusing their power. Rumors are swirling about people who’ve been hurt, or money that was stolen. The folks in the know are scared. The flack is spewing hot-smoking nonsense.

You want this story. You want it bad. But you don’t have a clue how to get it.

It may seem hopeless. It is not.

During this half-day session, we’ll demystify the process and break down the concrete steps to take the Big Story. Topics will include:

* Understanding the role of media/power dynamics with interviewees

* How to help interviewees understand media literacy

* How — and when — to land a tough interview

* Interview preparation

* Conducting trauma-informed interviews and understanding racial trauma

* The power of silence

* How to interview someone who won’t talk to you (and yes, this can be done — sort of)

* What to do after the interview

Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.

Speakers

Ko Bragg, The 19th 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Marissa Evans, The Star Tribune 👇

Marissa Evans is the social issues reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where she covers housing, race and equity issues. She was previously the health and human services reporter with the Texas Tribune, where she won an ONA Online Journalism Award in 2018 for her reporting on maternal mortality. Her reporting has appeared in Medium, Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, Civil Eats, The Washington Post, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Kaiser Health News.

On Twitter: @marissaaevans

Marisa Kwiatkowski, USA TODAY 👇

Marisa Kwiatkowski is an investigative reporter for USA TODAY. She handles investigations relating to social services and children. Marisa has earned more than 50 awards, including the 2019 Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism, IRE's Tom Renner Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award in public service and a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. She previously worked for media outlets in Indiana, South Carolina and Michigan.

On Twitter: @IndyMarisaK

Alain Stephens, The Trace 👇

Alain Stephens is an investigative reporter for The Trace, where he covers arms trafficking and the gun industry. He previously reported at KUT 90.5 in Austin and is a former Reveal investigative fellow.

On Twitter: @AlainStephens

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Master class: Mastering the interview (broadcast TV focus)

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Tracks: Master class, Broadcast

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Raw, compelling, emotional. Anyone ever use those words to describe an interview from one of your stories? Well ... after this class they will! From preparation and mastering the art of the interview to key mistakes to avoid, two veteran, broadcast journalists will arm you with tools to immediately use in your next investigation. You’ll also learn how to navigate our “new normal” and ask tough questions without being in the same room as your subject!

This session with CBS News National Consumer and Investigative Correspondent Anna Werner and Anchor/Investigative Reporter Zaneta Lowe of WREG-TV will include:

* Interview preparation: We’ll show you how to background like a boss, develop strategic questions and create a blueprint for your interview.

* Mastering the interview: Three mistakes to avoid during an interview, the one *critical* key to interviews that has nothing to do with your broadcast skills, and planning for the “unplanned” interview

* Navigating interviews in our new normal: Using Zoom, FaceTime, shooting with your cell phone? No worries. We’ll walk through some simple steps to help you continue to ask tough questions and conduct compelling interviews while being socially distant, or using virtual technology.

Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.

Speakers

Zaneta Lowe, WREG-TV 👇

Zaneta Lowe is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of broadcast experience. She’s currently the daybreak and noon anchor/investigative reporter for WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee. Zaneta’s work, which includes in-depth reports on poverty, exposing dangerous day cares and nursing homes and failures in the state’s child protective services system, focuses on shining a light on problems, protecting families and holding the powerful accountable.

On Twitter: @wregzaneta

Anna Werner, CBS News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

master class

Master class: Election reporting in the time of COVID-19

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Tracks: Master class, Election 2020

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This workshop will focus on how to cover voting during this year’s historic pandemic election. ProPublica voting rights reporter Jessica Huseman and Electionland partner manager Rachel Glickhouse will provide a primer on covering election administration, how to report on voting problems responsibly, and key COVID-related issues affecting the election this year. This workshop will cover:

- How vote by mail works

- Voting technology

- Problems at the polling place

- The vote-counting and certification process

- Covering voting-related misinformation

- Where to find voting data and reporting resources

Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.

Speakers

Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica 👇

Rachel Glickhouse is a journalist and the partner manager for the Electionland project. Previously, she ran ProPublica’s Documenting Hate project for three years. She has worked at Univision, Medium, Americas Society/Council of the Americas and as a freelancer. She teaches at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and has also taught at The New School.

On Twitter: @riogringa

Jessica Huseman, ProPublica 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Networking: Freelancers (meetup No. 2)

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This is the second of two networking sessions for freelance journalists.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Hilary Niles, Niles Media LLC 👇

Hilary Niles is an independent reporter and data journalist for public radio, print and online publications. With roots in community radio, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, the Boston Globe and magazines from Vermont to Australia. Hilary holds a master’s degree from Mizzou, and currently chairs the Society of Professional Journalists’ Freelance Community and serves on SPJ’s FOI Committee.

On Twitter: @nilesmedia

Wudan Yan, Independent journalist 👇

Wudan Yan is an independent journalist in Seattle covering science, health and environmental and social justice. She is the co-host of The Writers' Co-op, a business podcast for freelance writers.

On Twitter: @wudanyan

networking

Networking: Broadcast consumer investigations

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for anyone interested in talking about broadcast consumer investigations. All experience levels welcome.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Jackie Callaway, 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Myriam Masihy, Telemundo 51 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Using public records to report on racial and ethnic disparities being experienced during COVID-19

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Tracks: Coronavirus, Exposing systemic inequities

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In city after city across the United States, the coronavirus has devastated Black and brown communities. In this panel, investigative reporters from three different publications will share their secrets for obtaining and analyzing records and data from all levels of government showing the stark disparities. They will touch on both the fallout from the pandemic and America's longstanding history of racial and ethnic inequities in mortality rates and other health outcomes.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Duaa Eldeib, ProPublica Illinois 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Anna Flagg, The Marshall Project 👇

Anna Flagg is The Marshall Project's senior data reporter, covering criminal justice topics including immigration, crime, race, policing and incarceration. Her work has been recognized by the Global Editors Network’s Data Journalism Awards, the Society of News Design and the Information is Beautiful Awards, and she was a finalist for a 2019 Deadline Club Award.

On Twitter: @annaflagg

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Unearthing secrets: How to scrub any candidate or public official

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Election 2020

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Whether you are vetting a president, Supreme Court justice, or mayor, we'll give you all the tools you need to unearth the secrets of public officials and candidates. Using public records and master source-building, we'll explain how to expose conflicts of interests, untangle financial connections, and reveal problematic relationships.

The Election Track is sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Phillip Bailey, USA TODAY 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Steve Eder, New York Times 👇

Steve Eder reports on the government under President Trump, as well as his personal businesses, for The New York Times. He covered the 2016 campaign and has previously investigated a range of topics, such as baseball doping, hedge funds and spouses spying on each other. He previously reported for The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and The Toledo Blade. He was part of a New York Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for investigating sexual harassment in 2018.

On Twitter: @steveeder

Sandra Fish, Independent journalist 👇

Sandra Fish is an independent data journalist specializing in politics for the Colorado Sun and Colorado News Collaborative. She is also a 2020 First Draft News fellow examining disinformation and a contract editor with OpenSecrets.

On Twitter: @fishnette

Lulu Ramadan, Palm Beach Post 👇

Lulu Ramadan is an investigative reporter at The Palm Beach Post and a partner in ProPublica's 2020 Local Reporting Network. She has reported on major breaking news events, local government and voter access in Florida.

On Twitter: @luluramadan

panel

Investigating hospitals

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Coronavirus

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Thousands of people die or are seriously harmed every year because of poor care in U.S. hospitals. But so much of hospital quality and care is shrouded in secrecy. In this session, panelists will share reporting techniques and records for investigating hospital care. You will learn how to access de-identified hospital patient billing data and other documents to unearth warning signs of substandard medical care at hospitals. You also will learn how to navigate little-known records that are specific to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates more than 1,200 hospitals and clinics across the country. Tips will be shared for finding patients, families and health care providers.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News 👇

Mike Hixenbaugh is a national investigative reporter for NBC News based in Houston. Prior to moving to NBC in 2019, his reporting at the Houston Chronicle in partnership with ProPublica exposed deadly mistakes at a major heart transplant program, triggering reforms to improve patient safety. He graduated from the University of Akron in 2007 before going to work at newspapers in Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia. Married. Dad to four young kids. Often very tired.

On Twitter: @Mike_Hixenbaugh

Donovan Slack, USA TODAY 👇

Donovan Slack serves on the national enterprise and investigations team at USA TODAY. Her coverage of the Department of Veterans Affairs has exposed critical lapses in medical care at agency hospitals, including the VA hiding shoddy care, hiring medical workers with revoked licenses and keeping secret quality data for years. Her work led to the retirement of a VA inspector general, the replacement of hospital leaders and the passage of federal laws.

On Twitter: @DonovanSlack

Alison Young, University of Missouri School of Journalism 👇

Alison Young is the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting and Washington Program director for the Missouri School of Journalism. She previously spent 10 years at USA TODAY, where her most recent series (maternal.usatoday.com) revealed the role of substandard hospital care in maternal deaths. She is a past president of IRE’s board. Reporting honors include three Gerald Loeb Awards, three Scripps Howard Awards and a DuPont-Columbia Award.

On Twitter: @alisonannyoung

panel

Holding companies accountable

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Tune in to get great tips on how to decide when a company's behavior is worth investigating, how to show actual harm and how to hold people at the top of the accountable. Three award-winning journalists share what they've learned over the years.

This session is sponsored by Bloomberg. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Ziva Branstetter, The Washington Post 👇

Ziva Branstetter is The Washington Post’s corporate accountability editor, running a team focused on investigating corporate behavior. She was previously an editor at Reveal; founder of The Frontier, an Oklahoma investigative nonprofit; and an editor and reporter at the Tulsa World, where she was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for an investigation into how Oklahoma carried out executions. She previously served three terms on the IRE Board.

On Twitter: @zivabranstetter

Will Evans, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting 👇

Will Evans is a reporter for Reveal covering workplace issues.

On Twitter: @willCIR

Cheryl W. Thompson, NPR 👇

Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police and the unsolved murders of six Black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards.

On Twitter: @cherylwt

panel

Debunked! How investigators at BuzzFeed and DFR Lab use CrowdTangle to hunt misinfo

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Research skills & tools

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BuzzFeed's Jane Lytvynenko and Digital Forensic Research Lab's Zarine Kharazian will share their tips and tricks to using CrowdTangle to hunt down misinformation. They'll share CrowdTangle best practices that will help any investigative journalist discover leads and verify information.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Zarine Kharazian, DFR Labs 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Jane Lytvynenko, BuzzFeed News 👇

Jane Lytvynenko is an award-winning reporter at BuzzFeed News, where she focuses on disinformation, cybersecurity and online investigations. Jane has uncovered social media manipulation campaigns associated with state actors, financially-motivated bad actors spreading disinformation and key data breaches. Her work also brings accessible fact-checking to wide audiences during times of crisis. Jane is from Kyiv, Ukraine, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

On Twitter: @janelytv

Chris Miles, CrowdTangle 👇

Chris helps lead news partnerships for Facebook's CrowdTangle team, working with top U.S. and European publishers as well as investigative outlets. Through a 10-year career working in digital media, Chris has helped found upstart media companies, consulted on strategy with major global brands and engaged with publishers large and small as they seek to better understand data and tactics on social media. Chris is originally from Kentucky.

On Twitter: @CBMilez

Sessions starting at 1:15 p.m. ET

demo

Demo: Advanced Google tools for search, research and analysis

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Tracks: Demo, Research skills & tools

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Find information faster by learning how to power search on special sites for datasets, images and court documents. See what users in your area are searching and discover story ideas on Google Trends. Explore Backlight, an AI tool for parsing massive amounts of documents.

The Demo Track is sponsored by Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speaker

Maggie Farley, Google News Initiative 👇

Maggie Farley works with the Google News Initiative, helping journalists learn tech tools to enhance their reporting and digital storytelling. She was a Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and bureau chief in Asia and the United Nations for 14 years, a partner in ed-tech start-up Lucky Grasshopper and an engagement design fellow and adjunct professor at American University.

On Twitter: @maggilista

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Counter- and anti-surveillance for journalist safety

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Tracks: Demo, Security, International

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The only warning a journalist might get that they are being targeted for assassination is that someone is surveilling them, usually four to six weeks before an attempt on their lives. OCCRP has trained more than 100 journalists in these techniques in places like Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa, where they need to know these skills to stay alive. While usually a one-week class, this session will give you an overview of what your colleagues abroad already know: how reporters are surveilled, how to detect surveillance, how to set up surveillance traps, how to document the surveillance, how to lose people following you, good safety hygiene and other basic skills.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speaker

Drew Sullivan, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project 👇

Drew Sullivan co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in 2007, where he is the editor. OCCRP has won more than 100 major awards under his direction. He was an investigative reporter for The Tennessean and the Associated Press and served on the boards of IRE/NICAR, CIN and ARIJ.

On Twitter: @drewOCCRP

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Meet the author: Jerry Mitchell, "Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era"

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Chat with Jerry Mitchell, longtime investigative reporter, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. His memoir about his pursuit of civil rights cold cases, "Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era," was released in February.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video.

Speakers

Shawn McIntosh, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 👇

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Jerry Mitchell, Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

networking

Networking: Journalists of color (meetup No. 2)

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This is the second of two networking sessions for journalists of color.

This session is sponsored by the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Mai Hoang, Yakima Herald 👇

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Fatima Hussein, Bloomberg Law 👇

Fatima Hussein is a worker, mine and safety legal reporter for Bloomberg Law. Currently covering meatpacking workers and chemical safety issues during the pandemic, Fatima also serves as unit chair for the union at Bloomberg Industry Group. She has previously reported at the Indianapolis Star and the Cincinnati Enquirer and graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law.

On Twitter: @fatimathefatima

panel

Story idea blitz: Census

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Break open those notebooks and get ready to fill them with story ideas! This fast-paced, 30-minute session will give you months worth of investigative and watchdog story ideas for digging into census data.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Paul Overberg, Wall Street Journal 👇

Paul Overberg is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and a member of its investigative team. He worked on USA TODAY’s news data team for many years and led its demographic coverage. He has taught at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and served as a senior fellow for the Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California.

On Twitter: @poverberg

Jennifer Peebles, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 👇

Peebles is a data specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and has been a newspaper reporter or editor for 25 years. Peebles previously worked at The (Nashville) Tennessean, The Washington (D.C.) Examiner and nonprofit Texas Watchdog.

On Twitter: @jpeebles

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What’s our future?

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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Join network and local news leaders to discuss how broadcasters are trying not only to innovate but to appeal to new audiences. From cross-platform collaborations to podcasts – and even new networks designed to grab the attention of millennials, how are we breaking out of the traditional broadcast formulas? Also, how are we ensuring that our content is as representative and diverse as our audiences are? Join us for this chat with news executives who have illuminating answers to the question: “What’s our future?”

The Broadcast Track is sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Ramon Escobar, 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Cindy Galli, ABC News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Matt Goldberg, NBCUniversal 👇

Matt Goldberg is the vice president of content strategy for NBC Owned Television Stations, where he leads the new venture NBCLX. He has been with NBC for 17 years, previously working as the assistant news director at KNBC in Los Angeles and at NBC Bay Area. Prior to moving into news management, Matt was an investigative producer in local TV. Matt served on the IRE board for six years and was board president from 2016-18.

On Twitter: @MattGoldbergNBC

John Kelly, ABC Owned Television Stations 👇

John is an investigative reporter and data journalist whose work was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting in 2017 and won the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2020. He is director of data journalism for ABC Owned Television Stations, leading investigations across eight local newsrooms from New York to Los Angeles, and with ABC News. He previously founded and directed USA TODAY Network's nationwide data and investigations team.

On Twitter: @jkelly3rd

panel

Oh, the trouble you've seen: How to manage the stress and trauma of being a journalist

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Taking care

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This year has brought trauma upon trauma for journalists: coronavirus, protests for racial justice, fires, hurricanes and gun violence. Join Al Tompkins of Poynter and Sidney Tompkins, a licensed psychotherapist, who work with newsrooms to help journalists manage traumatic stress, for a discussion of how journalists can better take care of themselves.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speaker

Al Tompkins, Poynter 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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AMA: Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

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Astead W. Herndon, a national political reporter for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN, will take your questions in this AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session.

Before joining The New York Times in 2018, Herndon held several reporter positions at The Boston Globe. Most recently, he was a national politics reporter, covering the Trump White House. He also spent time as a City Hall reporter and a general assignment Metro reporter. Herndon is from the Chicago suburbs and graduated from Marquette University. You can find him on Twitter at @AsteadWesley.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times 👇

Astead Herndon is a national politics reporter at The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN. Before joining The New York Times in 2018, Herndon held several reporter positions at The Boston Globe. Most recently, he was a national politics reporter, covering the Trump White House. He also spent time as a City Hall reporter and a general assignment Metro reporter. Herndon is from the Chicago suburbs and graduated from Marquette University.

On Twitter: @AsteadWesley

Jennifer Smith Richards, The Chicago Tribune 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 1:45 p.m. ET

conversations

Conversation: Challenges facing international journalism students

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Track: International

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Speaker

Matt Carroll, Northeastern University 👇

Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University in Boston. In 2003, he was a member of Spotlight, the Boston Globe’s investigative team, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage of the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandal. That story was turned into the movie “Spotlight,” which won two Oscars in 2016. He also ran the Future of News Initiative at the MIT Media Lab between 2013-2016.

On Twitter: @MattCData

meet the author

Meet the author: Tim Schwartz, "A Public Service: Whistleblowing, Disclosure, and Anonymity"

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Chat with Tim Schwartz, a technologist focused on data privacy and digital information. Schwartz's book, "A Public Service: Whistleblowing, Disclosure, and Anonymity" is a how-to guide for whistleblowers and the lawyers and journalists who work with them.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speaker

Tim Schwartz, Alley 👇

Tim Schwartz's career focuses on data privacy and digital information as an artist, activist and technologist. He specializes in teaching techniques for challenging power while protecting one’s identity. Schwartz co-organizes the digital training organization Los Angeles Cryptoparty, a member of the Electronic Frontier Alliance. He currently works as a digital strategist at Alley and lives in Los Angeles.

On Twitter: @timatron

panel

Story idea blitz: Campus coverage

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Break open those notebooks and get ready to fill them with story ideas! This fast-paced, 30-minute session will give you months worth of investigative and watchdog story ideas on the university beat. Students and professionals covering higher education are welcome.

This session is sponsored by Lumina Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Brittany Britto, Houston Chronicle 👇

Brittany Britto reports for the Houston Chronicle, where she covers higher education and issues pertaining to colleges in the Houston region. Previously, she reported for The Baltimore Sun, where she was recognized for her cultural coverage and features reporting.

On Twitter: @brittanybritto

Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report 👇

Jon Marcus is higher-education editor at The Hechinger Report and also writes for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Wired, Medium.com and other magazines, newspapers and websites. Marcus holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Bates College. Marcus attended Oxford University and is a nonresident fellow this year at the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs.

On Twitter: @JonMarcusBoston

Sessions starting at 2:15 p.m. ET

networking

Q&A with Fund for Investigative Journalism Board members (meetup No. 2)

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 2:15 – 3 p.m. ET (m)

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This is an opportunity to ask FIJ Board members — who vote on every grant application — questions about potential grants. You can learn more about the grant criteria generally, and you can get feedback on ideas for specific projects.

Note: This session will not be recorded. It is in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video.

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networking

Q&A with CNN (meetup No. 2)

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 2:15 – 3 p.m. ET (m)

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This is an opportunity to chat with CNN representatives and learn more about the company and opportunities there.

Note: This session will not be recorded. It is in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video.

🔊 Speaker details coming soon!

Sessions starting at 2:45 p.m. ET

conversations

Media attorney Q&A

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Does your investigation contain complex legal questions? Unsure of how to proceed? Bring your questions for an informal discussion with Paula Knudsen Burke, an attorney with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and its Local Legal Initiative.

This session is sponsored by TEGNA Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session is live only and will not be recorded. It is in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video.

Speaker

Paula Knudsen Burke, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

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conversations

Data office hours: R

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Are you learning R or have a project you'd like help wtih? Come to data office hours with IRE trainer and director of data services Charles Minshew and ask all your R-related questions!

Note: This session is live only and will not be available as a recording after the conference.

Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

The art of the interview

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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Interviews can make or break a story, so you can't just wing it. Seasoned broadcast journalists break down their strategies and tips for making the most out of those on-camera conversations — from interview prep to accountability sessions, getting reluctant people to open up and more.

The Broadcast Track is sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Nicole Carr, WSB-TV 👇

Nicole Carr is an investigative reporter with WSB in Atlanta. Much of Nicole's recent work has focused on governmental affairs and social justice. She's been honored with numerous regional Emmy awards and nominations and a 2012 fellowship through the International Center for Journalists. She is a member of IRE, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Atlanta Press Club and the Ida B. Wells Society. Nicole is also a wife, a mother of three young children and a new virtual learning specialist (smile).

On Twitter: @NicoleCarrWSB

Tony Kovaleski, KMGH 👇

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Stephen Stock, NBC Bay Area 👇

More than 35 years ago, Stephen began as a general assignment reporter in Roanoke, Virginia. Since then he’s covered everything from shuttle launches to hurricanes, presidents to popes. A founding member of NBC Bay Area’s 15-member investigative unit, he’s won a Peabody, a duPont, a national SPJ award, three Murrows and six AP awards, 18 regional Emmys and a national Emmy nomination. He's taught at IRE for more than a decade. His work has changed laws and lives. www.stephenstock.tv

On Twitter: @StephenStockTV

panel

Must-have data for policing the police

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Law enforcement investigations

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Journalists who have covered police accountability issues from many different perspectives will share their favorite datasets that can help you look at issues such as hiring, training, misconduct, how cops are spending their time, how police organizations are policing themselves, state oversight and more.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

St. John "Sinjin" Barned-Smith, Houston Chronicle 👇

Barned-Smith, who goes by "Sinjin," covers Houston's public safety agencies and the occasional natural disaster. He has written about in-custody jail deaths, corrupt police officers and a host of other issues since moving to Texas six years ago.

On Twitter: @stjbs

Dave Savini, CBS2 Chicago 👇

CBS2 Chicago investigative reporter Dave Savini's ongoing series, "Unwarranted," exposed a disturbing pattern of wrong police raids. The 50-part series revealed repeated failures of search warrant and body camera policies and showed the traumatic impact these bad raids have on children. It led to a new law and new Chicago Police Department policies. "Unwarranted" won a Peabody Award and an IRE Award this year. Savini's other awards include a national Murrow, an Alfred I. duPont and 18 Emmys.

On Twitter: @davesavinicbs2

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

Simone Weichselbaum, The Marshall Project 👇

Simone Weichselbaum is a staff writer who focuses on issues pertaining to federal law enforcement and local policing. She is also The Marshall Project’s co-chair of diversity and inclusion. Weichselbaum has spent more than 15 years reporting on a variety of urban criminal justice systems, previously working as a staff writer for the New York Daily News and the Philadelphia Daily News. She holds a graduate degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.

On Twitter: @simonejwei

panel

Learn the secrets of new political ad databases

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Election 2020

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In summer 2018, Facebook, Google and Twitter created new political ad archives to help the public and the press track political ads on their platforms, bringing more transparency to the sponsors of digital ads. These databases aren't widely known, but they can be used for stories about candidates as well as dark money groups. Here’s what you need to know about these new political ad databases.

The Election Track is sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Sarah Bryner, Center for Responsive Politics 👇

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Laura Edelson, New York University 👇

Laura Edelson is a PhD candidate in computer science at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Laura studies online political communication and develops methods to identify inauthentic content and activity. Her research has powered reporting on social media ad spending in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic. Prior to her current time in academia, Laura was a software engineer for Palantir and Factset.

Erika Franklin Fowler, Wesleyan Media Project at Wesleyan University 👇

Erika Franklin Fowler is professor of government at Wesleyan University and co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks and analyzes political advertising in real time during elections. She is also co-author of "Political Advertising in the United States."

On Twitter: @efranklinfowler

Jeremy Merrill, Independent journalist 👇

Jeremy Merrill is an investigative data journalist. He has previously worked for Quartz, ProPublica and The New York Times.

Nancy Watzman, Lynx LLC 👇

Nancy Watzman is director of Lynx LLC, based in Denver, Colorado. She is a strategist specializing in developing and managing collaborations and partnerships to support journalists, technologists, and researchers in countering online dis- and mis-information, conducting investigations, and increasing newsroom sustainability. Her current clients include First Draft News and Democracy Fund.

On Twitter: @nwatzman

panel

How to collaborate with underrepresented communities in your journalism

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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Speakers

Anita Li, Online News Association 👇

Anita Li is a media strategist and consultant with a decade of experience on both the editorial and business sides of journalism at outlets across North America. She is also a journalism professor in Toronto and at the City University of New York, as well as a member of the Online News Association’s board of directors. In late 2018, Anita co-founded Canadian Journalists of Colour, a rapidly growing network of BIPOC media-makers in Canada.

On Twitter: @neeeda

Maurcio Peña, Block Club Chicago 👇

Mauricio Peña covers the South and West Sides of Chicago at Block Club Chicago. He previously worked as an associate digital editor at Chicago magazine. He also worked as breaking news reporter at DNAinfo and as an investigative reporter covering immigration and equality at the Desert Sun for the USA Today Network.

On Twitter: @mauriciopena

Nicolás Rios, Documented NY 👇

Rios is an Emmy-nominated Chilean journalist living in New York City and working as an audience and communities strategist for media companies. He has experience in agile R&D (Documented, Axios, Quartz and Ciper Chile) and content creation (CNN Chile, Vice, BBC and Revista Sábado). His main areas of interest are audience research and product development.

On Twitter: @nicorios

Jacqueline Ronson, Cowichan Discourse 👇

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FOIA appeals strategies to actually get records

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Public records

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Anyone who has filed a federal Freedom of Information Act request has likely been met wtih frustration after frustration. In this session, we'll give specific advice on defeating federal FOIA roadblocks. We'll walk through some of the most common denials and give ideas about how to respond to actually get what you asked for

This session is sponsored by TEGNA Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Ziva Branstetter, The Washington Post 👇

Ziva Branstetter is The Washington Post’s corporate accountability editor, running a team focused on investigating corporate behavior. She was previously an editor at Reveal; founder of The Frontier, an Oklahoma investigative nonprofit; and an editor and reporter at the Tulsa World, where she was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for an investigation into how Oklahoma carried out executions. She previously served three terms on the IRE Board.

On Twitter: @zivabranstetter

Jason Leopold, BuzzFeed News 👇

Jason Leopold is an Emmy nominated investigative reporter on the BuzzFeed News investigations team and a member of the reporting team named a 2018 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting and the recipient of the Tom Renner award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for the same series. He is also a recipient of the IRE FOI award and was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Hall of Fame by the First Amendment Coalition and Newseum.

On Twitter: @jasonleopold

Sheela Portonovo, Office of Government Information Services 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Combating misinformation, disinformation and deepfakes

🕙 Thursday (9/24) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Research skills & tools

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With each election cycle, the tactics and technology used by bad actors to misinform the public are rapidly evolving. The growing volume of deepfakes, misinformation and disinformation are challenging for journalists – and the public – to keep up accurate information they can use. Online and digital spaces are now battlegrounds for truth. This session will update you on the latest tactics to combat these bad actors.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Bill Adair, Duke University Reporters' Lab 👇

Bill Adair is the Knight Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University and the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact. At Duke, he heads the journalism program as the director of the DeWitt Wallace Center and conducts research on fact-checking in the Duke University Reporters’ Lab.

On Twitter: @BillAdairDuke

Paul Cheung, Knight Foundation 👇

Paul Cheung is the director of journalism and technology innovation at the Knight Foundation, overseeing a multimillion-dollar portfolio that is empowering innovation and sustainability in journalism through technology. Previously, he led cross-functional teams of journalists, developers, data scientists and designers at NBC News Digital, The Associated Press, The Miami Herald and The Wall Street Journal.

On Twitter: @pcheung630

Carlotta Dotto, First Draft 👇

Carlotta is a senior data journalist investigating global disinformation disorder at First Draft. She specializes in data-driven stories, open-source investigations and interactive storytelling formats. She has previously worked with The Times’ data team and written for several publications including The Guardian, the BBC and Al Jazeera, reporting from across Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

On Twitter: @carlottadotto

Cristina Tardáguila, The International Fact-Checking Network 👇

Cristina Tardáguila is the International Fact-Checking Network's associate director. In 2015, she founded Agência Lupa, the first and largest fact-checking initiative in Brazil, and, in 2017, LupaEducação, its educational branch. As a journalist with an MBA in digital marketing, Tardáguila has worked at O Globo, Folha de S.Paulo, Globo.com and revista piauí.

On Twitter: @ctardaguila

Friday, 9/25

Sessions starting at 11 a.m. ET

special

Help desk

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET (120m)

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Stuck trying to find your way around, make your profile, navigate the schedule, or sort out some tech issues? Drop by the live help desk to get your questions answered.

The help desk is open to everyone, including attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and recruiters.

Speaker

Stephanie Klimstra, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 12 p.m. ET

conversations

Conversation: Linking investigative editors to local news to do Investigative Reporting

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Learn how the nonprofit Investigative Editing Corps is linking experienced editors with local newsrooms to help them produce deep investigative projects.

Note: This session will be live during the conference and will be recorded for later viewing. It is in a Zoom meeting room where all participants can use their audio and/or video if they choose.

Speakers

Kim Bates, The Blade 👇

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Rose Ciotta, EdSource; Investigative Editing Corps 👇

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative editor; co-edited 2012 investigation at The Philadelphia Inquirer on school violence; founded Investigative Editing Corps, which links investigative editors to local news outlets to do investigative reporting; investigations editor at EdSource, education reporting nonprofit and winner of Education Writers Association awards for mini-doc on education needs of rural students; "Tainted Taps" on lead contamination of water in California schools.

On Twitter: @roseciottaca

Deborah Nelson, University of Maryland 👇

Deborah Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and associate professor at the University of Maryland, home of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. She previously worked at the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, the Washington Post and Chicago Sun-Times. She also is a former IRE president.

conversations

Conversation: Building "trust nuggets" into your investigation

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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You've most likely heard it by now, but the public's trust in journalism is low, and the problem won't be solved by merely doing good journalism. At Trusting News we are learning that if users don't understand how we produce a story or why we chose to do the story in the first place, they make assumptions — and those assumptions are most likely negative. Why was a project worth your time? What made your data trustworthy? How did you work to be fair? See how two investigative teams answered those questions with "trust nuggets" weaved into their reporting, smoothly taking information that might typically get buried in an "About This Project" column and inserting it throughout the storytelling.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Eric Flack, WUSA9 Washington 👇

WUSA9 Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Flack works in his hometown of Washington, D.C. His reporting has uncovered police cover-ups and abuse of power, often focusing on police overreach in communities of color. On 9/11/2001 Eric found himself in New York City during the 9/11 attack on America. He raced to the World Trade Center arriving moments before the first tower fell. He has more than two decades of experience in local news.

On Twitter: @EricFlackTV

Lucille Sherman, The News & Observer 👇

Lucille Sherman is a state politics reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. She previously served as a data and investigative reporter for GateHouse Media's national investigations team.

On Twitter: @_lucysherman

Lynn Walsh, Trusting News 👇

Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning freelance journalist who has worked in investigative, data and TV journalism at the national level as well as locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Based in San Diego, she is a past national president of the Society of Professional Journalists and the assistant director at the Trusting News project, where she’s helping to rebuild trust between journalists and the public.

On Twitter: @LWalsh

master class

Master class: Writing the investigative narrative

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Track: Master class

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Speakers

Jessica Contrera, The Washington Post 👇

Jessica Contrera is an enterprise reporter for The Washington Post. She writes about people whose lives have been impacted in major ways by the issues in the news. Lately, Jessica has been reporting on sex trafficking in the U.S. and the ways the pandemic has exacerbated inequality. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and graduated from Indiana University in 2014. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her dog Roscoe and too many unfinished craft projects.

On Twitter: @mjcontrera

Alexandra Zayas, ProPublica 👇

Alexandra Zayas is a senior editor at ProPublica, where she co-edited a series on the gang MS-13 that won the Pulitzer Prize. She also edited Unprotected, about abuse at a renowned American charity in Liberia; it was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. As a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, her investigation "In God’s Name" won the Selden Ring Award and the Livingston Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

On Twitter: @AlexandraZayas

master class

Master class: Launching an investigative podcast

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 12 – 4 p.m. ET (240m)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $30 to reserve a seat.

🚂️ Track: Master class

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Speakers

Megan Cloherty, WTOP News 👇

Emailed to Lauren

On Twitter: @ClohertyWTOP

Jack Moore, WTOP 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Ellen Weiss, Scripps 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Owning the local government beat: Finding meaningful, investigative stories in (seemingly) common places

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Decisions made locally impact every aspect of a person’s life, from housing and jobs to public safety, recreation and homeless services.

But is taxpayer money being efficiently managed and spent so it goes where it’s most needed?

The panel will focus on how and where to find sources, public records and datasets and ideas for stories you can immediately start doing. Get tips on building larger-scale investigative projects, while still feeding the daily beast.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Nicole Foy, Idaho Statesman 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Diana Fuentes, San Antonio Express-News 👇

Diana R. Fuentes is deputy metro editor of the San Antonio Express-News, overseeing a team of reporters who cover government, courts, diversity issues, the environment and history, among other duties. She has more than 30 years of journalism experience, from police reporter and statehouse bureau chief to editor and publisher. A second-generation Texan who’s fluent in Spanish, Fuentes has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

On Twitter: @ddfonline

Chris Ingalls, KING-TV 👇

Ingalls is a KING 5 investigative reporter who enjoys digging beneath the surface to uncover important stories. His investigations have led to several new laws in Washington that keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, target businesses that are cheating the welfare system, uncover corruption at licensed drug and alcohol treatment centers, improve monitoring of offenders on home detention and regulate hundreds of special purpose taxing districts across the state.

On Twitter: @CJIngalls

panel

Investigating extremism in law enforcement

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Law enforcement investigations

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Uncovering white supremacy in law enforcement agencies is an extremely sensitive and often difficult story, especially because of the closed nature of many police agencies. The problem is even more stark in the military. But these investigations are also becoming increasingly important with the rise of the Alt Right and as law enforcement reacts to social justice protests.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Will Carless, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting 👇

Will Carless is a reporter for Reveal. Prior to joining Reveal, he was a senior correspondent for Public Radio International’s Global Post team based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before that, Will spent eight years at the Voice of San Diego, where he worked as an investigative reporter and head of investigations. During his tenure in San Diego, Will was awarded several prizes, including a national IRE Award.

On Twitter: @willcarless

AC Thompson, ProPublica 👇

A.C. Thompson is a senior reporter for ProPublica. His stories have helped lead to the exoneration of two innocent San Francisco men sentenced to life in prison and the federal prosecution of nine white supremacists. In addition to working as a text journalist, Thompson has reported extensively for television, serving as a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline. His life was fictionalized on the HBO show “Treme.”

On Twitter: @acinvestigates

Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Independent journalist 👇

Sylvia Varnham O’Regan is a New Zealand journalist based in New York. She spent a year investigating police officers tied to extremist groups for the Guardian, probed New York’s largest psychic-fraud case for GQ, and featured in an episode of the Netflix series, “Dirty Money,” about a Texas community fighting a petrochemical company polluting their town. In addition to her longform projects, she works as a beat reporter covering real estate for The Real Deal magazine.

On Twitter: @SylviaVarnham

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Breaking in: The young investigators

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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How to break into investigative reporting. Advice from a trio of talented young TV journalists about transitioning from beat & general assignment reporting into full-time investigative work.

The Broadcast Track is sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Chris Halsne, American University 👇

As the Investigative Broadcaster in Residence at American University, Washington, D.C., Chris has been on television for 30+ years, managing special-projects units in Seattle and Denver. In the past few years, he’s been the recipient of SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting, three National Press Club Awards, and a regional Edward R. Murrow. A documentary filmmaker, fiction author, and podcast creator, he takes a multi-media approach to investigative news.

On Twitter: @chalsne

Treasure Roberts, WMBD/WYZZ 👇

Treasure Roberts was born in Detroit and graduated from Michigan State University in Lansing. Roberts joined the WMBD/WYZZ team in Peoria, Illinois, in January 2019 as a multimedia journalist. In April, she was promoted to nightside reporter. Roberts is passionate about storytelling, but adamant about learning how to do it all. She's learned how to shoot, edit, produce and anchor. Roberts also helped co-launch the station's first investigative team.

On Twitter: @TrobertsTV

Amanda St. Hilaire, Fox6 Now Milwaukee 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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AMA: Yamiche Alcindor, PBS

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 12 – 1 p.m. ET (60m)

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Bring your questions for Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS News Hour, in this AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session.

Alcindor is also a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC often appearing on a number of shows including Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. She often tells stories at the intersection of politics and race.

Previously, Alcindor worked as a national political reporter for The New York Times where she covered the presidential campaigns of President Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders as well as Congress. She also wrote about the impact of Trump's policies on working class people and people of color.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour 👇

Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics. She has directly questioned President Trump a number of times and has traveled extensively to cover a range of issues, including the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on Black people and communities of color and the protests following the death of George Floyd.

On Twitter: @Yamiche

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 1:15 p.m. ET

demo

Demo: How to use OpenCorporates to uncover hidden links in your next investigation

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

🚂️ Tracks: Demo, Research skills & tools

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OpenCorporates makes company data available for all. Find out how to use their data and see how two financial crime fighters - Graham Barrow and Ray Blake of the The Dark Money Files use OpenCorporates as part of their investigations into the use of legal entities and individuals to launder the proceeds of crime.

The Demo Track is sponsored by Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Some speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Graham Barrow, The Dark Money Files 👇

Graham is well known in the industry as one half of “The Dark Money Files” podcast, which has rapidly acquired pre-eminent status within financial crime compliance departments and beyond for explaining a wide range of technical subjects in a lighthearted and easy-to-understand manner.

On Twitter: @greybrow53

Ray Blake, Open Corporates / Dark Money Files 👇

As an anti-financial crime professional, Ray Blake has extensive experience in the retail financial services sector, with a professional track record that started in the late eighties. His particular area of expertise is regulation as it relates to this industry. For the past few years, Ray has worked closely with a variety of banks to strengthen their defences against the threat of financial crime.

Rebecca Lee, OpenCorporates 👇

Rebecca Lee is the Chief Impact Officer at OpenCorporates, working with journalists and civil society to find stories in OpenCorporates data. She has extensive experience using data to detect, investigate, prevent and remediate money laundering, know-your-customer compliance issues, bribery, corruption, sanctions and fraud. Her expertise at PwC and Deloitte included reactive regulatory investigations and remediation through to proactive compliance and risk management.

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Meet the author: Barton Gellman, "Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State"

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Chat with Barton Gellman, author and staff writer at The Atlantic, in this informal session. Gellman's latest book is "Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State." He is previous book "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency" was published in 2008. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy for documentary filmmaking, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

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Bart Gellman, The Atlantic 👇

Barton Gellman, a staff writer at The Atlantic, is author most recently of "Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State." His honors include the Pulitzer Prize, the Emmy Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

On Twitter: @bartongellman

T. Christian Miller, ProPublica 👇

T. Christian Miller is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He works as a senior editor at ProPublica. He loves snooping around.

On Twitter: @txtianmiller

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Networking: Managers

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for managers. All platforms and experience levels welcome.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Ryann Jones, ProPublica 👇

Ryann Grochowski Jones is the data editor at ProPublica. Previously, she was a data reporter at ProPublica and at inewsource in San Diego. She received her master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she was a data librarian at IRE & NICAR. Ryann began her career as a municipal beat reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Citizens' Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

On Twitter: @ryanngro

Liz Roldan, WFOR/CBS Miami 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Networking: LGBTQIA+

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. ET (30m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for anyone who identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community or as an ally.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Melissa Lewis, The Center for Investigative Reporting 👇

Melissa Lewis is a data reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Prior to joining Reveal, she was a data editor and reporter at The Oregonian, a data engineer at Simple and a data analyst at Periscopic. She is an organizer for the Portland, Oregon, chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

On Twitter: @iff_or

Kae Petrin, Trans Journalists Association 👇

Kae is a data analyst and freelance reporter who co-founded the Trans Journalists Association with a collective of trans journalists. They co-wrote TJA's newsroom style guide and employer policies. Kae previously worked as a data and graphics reporter at St. Louis Public Radio, where they won the Missouri Broadcasters Association's 2019 Convergent Media Award and produced graphics for a story that won a 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting.

On Twitter: @kmaepetrin

Femi Redwood, National Association of Black Journalists 👇

Femi Redwood is an anchor and correspondent. Her most recent work is featured on VICE News, where she reported on intersectional issues including race, gender and LGBTQ identities. She is a board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association and the co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists LGBTQ+ Task Force.

On Twitter: @femiredwood

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Networking: Broadcast large market

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for anyone from large market broadcast stations.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speaker

Scott Zamost, CNBC 👇

Scott Zamost is the senior investigative producer at CNBC. A two-time IRE award winner, Scott was a senior investigative producer at CNN, where he produced investigative stories and documentaries. A frequent speaker at IRE and international conferences, he has won more 50 journalism awards, including four national Emmy nominations and 23 regional Emmys. He began his career as a newspaper reporter.

On Twitter: @scottzamost

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Story idea blitz: Business & labor

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

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Break open those notebooks and get ready to fill them with story ideas! This fast-paced, 30-minute session will give you months worth of investigative and watchdog story ideas on the business and labor beat.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

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Karen K Ho, Quartz 👇

Karen K. Ho is a global finance and economics reporter at Quartz. Her reporting has appeared in outlets like GQ, Glamour, Vox, The Daily Beast, NBC News, Interview, Deadspin, the Columbia Journalism Review and Refinery29. She wrote Time's cover story on Crazy Rich Asians and Toronto Life's most-read story of the decade, which was recently published in the true crime anthology "Unspeakable Acts." Karen has a master’s degree specializing in business and economics from Columbia’s Journalism School.

On Twitter: @karenkho

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Investigating nursing homes and elderly care during the pandemic

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Coronavirus

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Speakers

David Barer, KXAN/NBC Austin 👇

David Barer is the senior investigative producer and reporter at KXAN News in Austin. Previously he worked at the Dallas Morning News, Community Impact Newspaper, KUT Austin and more. He is a native Texan, heat resistant and better at fishing than catching.

On Twitter: @david_barer

Jennifer Gollan, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting 👇

Jennifer Gollan is a reporter for Reveal covering labor and corporate accountability. Gollan uncovered rampant exploitation of caregivers in the elder care-home industry. The series prompted a congressional hearing and state legislation. Gollan’s work has appeared in The New York Times, the Associated Press, Politico Magazine and PBS NewsHour. Her honors include a national Emmy Award, a Hillman Prize for web journalism, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards and two SABEW Awards.

On Twitter: @jennifergollan

Danielle Ivory, The New York Times 👇

Danielle Ivory is an investigative reporter for The New York Times, where she is part of the team tracking coronavirus cases across the U.S. She has written about deadly auto-safety defects, Wall Street's push into emergency services and water and federal regulation in the Trump era. Before joining The Times in 2013, she wrote about government contracting at Bloomberg News.

On Twitter: @danielle_ivory

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Data and documents for your arsenal

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Public records

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Get your FOI templates ready to roll. In this quick-paced, lightning-round style session, two investigative reporters and public records geeks will cover their favorite, most unique, overlooked and under-appreciated records to request from all levels of government. They'll also give examples of how these records were used to produce stories in newsrooms around the country.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Some speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Samah Assad, WBBM/CBS Chicago 👇

Samah Assad is an award-winning investigative journalist with CBS Chicago. Her work focuses on exposing systemic failures in policing, sexual assault, racial inequalities and disparities, taxpayer waste and government corruption. She specializes in data analysis, public records and digital interactivity.

On Twitter: @SAssadNews

Kate Martin, Carolina Public Press 👇

Kate Martin is the lead investigative reporter for Carolina Public Press. Her work has led to the resignation of several elected officials and the creation of several state laws in Washington and North Carolina. Her deep analysis of years of North Carolina court records showed that fewer than 1 in 4 people charged with sexual assault are eventually convicted of that or a lesser crime.

On Twitter: @KateReports

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Covering immigration away from the border

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. ET (60m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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Over the past 20 years, the immigration story has expanded well beyond the border zones of the United States and deep into the country’s interior. This panel will offer tips and advice on covering immigration when you live far from a border zone. We’ll talk about techniques for finding people to write about and how to cover stepped-up immigration enforcement. We’ll also offer some basic background on the immigration system in the U.S. and share personal experiences with immigration authorities.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Aura Bogado, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Caitlin Dickerson, The New York Times 👇

Dickerson covers immigration for The New York Times.

On Twitter: @itscaitlinhd

Tanvi Misra, CQ Roll Call 👇

Tanvi is a staff writer at CQ Roll Call covering immigration policy on the Hill — and beyond. Previously, she worked at the Atlantic's CityLab website, writing about the local effects of immigration, housing, economic and criminal justice policy. Her work has also appeared on NPR, the BBC and the Texas Tribune. Her newsletter, "Eyes emoji on migration," distills what she is reading on the subjects she covers.

On Twitter: @Tanvim

Sessions starting at 1:45 p.m. ET

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Networking: Collaborating across campuses

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. ET (30m)

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Mix and mingle, meet friends old and new, and build your professional community in this fun and informal networking session.

This session is for educators and students who are interested in building connections for collaborative reporting projects.

Note: Networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded.

Speakers

Kathy Best, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, University of Maryland 👇

Before joining the University of Maryland, Best was executive editor of The Seattle Times and the Missoulian in Montana, and she ran the national and metro desks at The Baltimore Sun, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. As a reporter, she covered government and politics in Illinois and Washington, D.C.

On Twitter: @kbest

Maggie Mulvihill, Boston University 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 2:45 p.m. ET

conversations

Resilience and mindfulness for journalists and newsrooms

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Taking care

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It's not breaking news that journalism can be a tough business to be in. Journalists and newsrooms are regularly under high stress for long periods of time, managing multiple priorities, under tight deadlines, with limited support. Not to mention, most journalists today face a turbulent economic outlook, shaky job security, and a constant barrage of antagonism for just doing their job. Too often, journalists are put into situations that can cause lasting trauma whether it's reporting in a combat zone, covering a protest, viewing violent or graphic content on a regular basis, or just showing up to work in an ever shrinking newsroom.

In the best of times self care can be a challenge, let alone developing nourishing longterm habits during a pandemic. Burnout, depression, anxiety and trauma is a common experience, but one that is not often discussed.

So how do you stay sane under less than favorable circumstances? How do you build a culture of wellness for you and your team? Join Nicholas Whitaker, Strategic Partner Lead and Wellness Champion at Google, for a primer on building resilience and mindfulness as part of a self care routine. You'll walk away with practices and frameworks to approach your work and life with a priority on wellness, without taking up hours of your life. This isn't just wishful thinking, but practical, research-backed and battle-tested methods that you can apply right away.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speaker

Nick Whitaker, Google 👇

Nicholas is a strategic partner lead at Google, working with local news and media to help them meet their business goals, as well as a facilitator and coach on mindfulness, mental health and wellness. His work draws from 20+ years of mindfulness practice, extensive study of emotional intelligence, resilience, and the impact of technology on well being. You can learn more about his work at nicholaswhitaker.com

On Twitter: @coachwithnick

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Data office hours: Python

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Are you learning Python or have a project you'd like help wtih? Come to data office hours with IRE trainer Cody Winchester and Alexandra Kanik of CityMetric and ask all your Python questions!

Note: This session is live only and will not be available as a recording after the conference.

Speakers

Alexandra Kanik, 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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Tapping the power of ethnic media in America's coverage of racial equity

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Exposing systemic inequities

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The inherent and authentic gaze of ethnic media, as part of the communities of color that they serve, is a powerful voice in the movement for racial justice. How can collaborations between ethnic and mainstream media organizations be an effective platform to deepen the coverage of America's newsrooms of this reckoning, to engage audiences and build sustainability across both sectors?

This session is presented in collaboration with the Maynard Institute.

The Exposing Systemic Inequities Track is sponsored by CNN. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand. It is in a Zoom webinar room where attendees are not on video and can raise their hands to speak to presenters.

Speakers

Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, Maynard Institute for Journalism Education 👇

Odette Alcazaren-Keeley is a diversity communications and media executive and currently serves as the director of the Maynard 200 journalism fellowship program of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She is also the president and founding partner of Global MediaX, a strategic multicultural and international media consultancy group headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its lead clients include the Presidio Trust, recipient of a 2018 Public Service Award, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Catholic Charities of San Francisco and the African Diaspora Network. Previously, she had served as a consultant for the Democracy Fund.

A respected broadcast journalist, Odette's career spans 20-plus years in the United States and the Philippines. Odette is a board trustee of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy based in San Francisco and a board adviser for the Filipino Food Movement. She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman, the country's premiere state university, with a B.A. in Mass Communication and minored in Broadcast Journalism.

On Twitter: @OdetteKeeley

Maria Alejandra Bastidas, Mundo Hispanico 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Cheryl Smith, Texas Metro News 👇

As publisher of I Messenger Media LLC, the umbrella organization for Texas Metro News, Garland Journal and I Messenger, Cheryl Smith has an extensive career across media platforms and as a journalism professor. An award-winning journalist and Florida A&M grad, Cheryl is secretary of the National Association of Black Journalists, Region IV, president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, president of D/FW Association of Black Journalists and board member of SPJ-DFW.

On Twitter: @penonfire

Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Khanstoshea Zingapan, Black Zebra 👇

After graduating with her paralegal studies degree, Khanstoshea Zingapan started law school and her legal career as a paralegal at the same time. She soon went on to become a serial entrepreneur in opening her own paralegal service company, Zebra Docs. Khanstoshea continued with her entrupential drive and passion to create Black Zebra Productions, specializing in marketing, documentaries and production projects. Her experience while traveling abroad led her to see the need in the community to transform Black Zebra into an international nonprofit, Black Zebra Charity, that supports and funds artists and artist-led projects.

Khanstoshea focuses her artistic skills to create meaningful video production and video editing projects within communities around the world.

On Twitter: @blackzebrapro

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Juggling investigations and the daily mix

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Broadcast

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Learn how to balance being an investigative journalist who also needs to contribute daily to the news cycle. You can do both effectively! Hear from reporters about the ways they ensure investigative pieces make it to air consistently and how to develop a culture where every reporter considers investigations a part of their beat. We'll discuss both quick-turn and larger investigation tactics, as well as the tools and strategies used to manage ourselves, record requests and story ideas.

The Broadcast Track is sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Faith Abubey, ABC News 👇

Faith recently joined ABC News with nearly a decade of experience as a reporter, most recently as an investigative reporter at WXIA in Atlanta. She's an Emmy- and AP-award-winning journalist and a 2020 Knight Foundation TV Data Fellow.

On Twitter: @ReporterFaith

Matthew Mosk, ABC News 👇

Matthew Mosk is a senior investigative producer for ABC News. Based in Washington, D.C., he has for 10 years produced award-winning work for television and digital platforms, and in 2019 he reported and hosted a top-rated true crime podcast for ABC News Audio. Prior to network news, Mosk spent decades covering government and politics for major U.S. newspapers including The (Bergen County, New Jersey) Record, The Baltimore Sun, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

On Twitter: @mattmosk

PJ Randhawa, KSDK St. Louis 👇

PJ Randhawa has almost a decade of experience in TV journalism. She was recently awarded the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. She is a two-time Emmy winner. Her specialties include uncovering police corruption, cold cases and consumer investigations.

On Twitter: @pjksdk

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Challenges to understanding police arbitration

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

🚂️ Track: Law enforcement investigations

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Over the last several decades there has been a steady shift away from the courthouse and towards private dispute resolution processes such as arbitration and mediation, including in highly publicized disputes such as those involving sexual harassment and police misconduct.

Not surprisingly, as public interest in these contractual provisions have increased, reporters have been called to investigate and report on the matter. Also not surprisingly, because these forms of dispute resolution are intended to be alternative and private, it has been difficult for journalists to fully capture the nuances of the processes. Parties in the dispute rarely want to talk about the process, there are no public records of these disputes, and thus no source for reporters to find information.

The panel is intended to provide journalists with a framework, background information, and resources to help them better understand and report on these dispute resolution processes.

Note: This session was pre-recorded. Speakers are available to answer questions via chat during the session.

Speakers

Lise Gelernter, National Academy of Arbitrators 👇

Lise Gelernter has been a labor arbitrator for 18 years and is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Until August 2020, when she retired from teaching, she also was a visiting professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law. She is a graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College and New York University Law School.

Homer La Rue, Cornell University School of Law 👇

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Steven Rich, The Washington Post 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Chip Stewart, Texas Christian University 👇

Dr. Daxton “Chip” Stewart is an attorney and a professor of journalism at Texas Christian University. His areas of expertise include media law and communication technology and freedom of information. He is the author of "Social Media and the Law" (2nd ed., Routledge, 2017) and co-author of "The Law of Public Communication" (11th ed., Routledge, 2020).

On Twitter: @MediaLawProf

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AMA: Bob Woodward, author

🕙 Friday (9/25) • 2:45 – 4 p.m. ET (75m)

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Bob Woodward, legendary journalist at The Washington Post and author of 20 books, will take your questions in this AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session.

Woodward is an associate editor at The Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Woodward has written #1 best-selling books on the last nine presidents—Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama and Trump—as well as the CIA, the Joint Chiefs, Hollywood and the Supreme Court.

Note: This session will be recorded and will be available for later viewing on demand.

Speakers

Jennifer Forsyth, The Wall Street Journal 👇

Jennifer Forsyth is deputy chief of investigations at The Wall Street Journal. She managed a collaboration with PBS Frontline on poor health care provided by the U.S. Indian Health Service, which won the Worth Bingham Award for Investigative Journalism in 2020 and was an Emmy finalist for Outstanding Investigative Documentary. She edited stories that were part of the Journal’s coverage of Trump’s hush money that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

On Twitter: @ForsythJenn

Bob Woodward, Author 👇

Bob Woodward, a legendary investigative journalist for more than four decades, is the author of 13 No. 1 bestselling books. His latest book, “Rage,” offers an intimate tour de force of original reporting on the Trump presidency. It was published September 15. Woodward has won two Pulitzer Prizes and a host of other journalism awards. His work with Carl Bernstein at The Washington Post on the Watergate scandal led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

On Twitter: @realBobWoodward

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Python: Getting set up on your PC

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This video demonstrates IRE's method for setting up Python on a PC following this guide: https://bit.ly/ire-install-python

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

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Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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Python: Getting set up on your Mac

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This video demonstrates IRE's method for setting up Python on a Mac following this guide: https://bit.ly/ire-install-python

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

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Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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Python: Introduction and basic syntax

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This video will introduce you to the Python interpreter, the print() function, variable assignment and basic data types. (If you’re on a PC, instead of opening the Terminal program, search for the built-in command prompt called cmd.)

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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Python: Data collections

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In this video, you'll learn how to work with two key data collections in Python: Lists and dictionaries. (If you’re on a PC, instead of opening the Terminal program, search for the built-in command prompt called cmd.)

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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Python: Control flow statements

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In this video, learn about two important control flow statements in Python: IF statements and FOR loops.

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Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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Python: Getting started with pandas for data analysis

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Follow along with this video to get set up on a new data analysis project using Jupyter notebooks and pandas, a popular data analysis library.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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Python: Loading and inspecting data in pandas

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Now that we’ve got pandas ready to roll in a Jupyter notebook, we can load a CSV into a data frame and take a look at the data.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

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Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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Python: Sorting data in pandas

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In this video, learn how to sort a pandas data frame by one or more columns.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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Python: Column and row filtering in pandas

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This video demonstrates column selection and row-wise filtering methods in pandas.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

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Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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Python: Grouping data in pandas

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Learn how to group and summarize data with aggregate functions in pandas.

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Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Before joining IRE as a training director in 2017, Cody worked at newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas.

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R: Setting up R & RStudio

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Get set up to use R and RStudio (both free and available for Mac and PC). This is the place to start if you've never used R before.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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R: Getting started & importing data

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Take your first steps in R and learn how to import data files into RStudio.

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Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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R: Sorting and filtering data

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Sort and filter data sets using a few simple lines of code in R.

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Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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R: Analyzing & exporting data

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Aggregate and explore your data, then export your results using R.

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Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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R: Building basic charts

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R is a great programming language for building data visualizations. Make your first basic charts with this video.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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SQLite: Creating a database and importing data in DB Browser

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Get familar with DB Browser, a free and easy-to-install client for running SQLite queries.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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SQLite: Selecting and ordering data

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Learn how to take vertical slices of your data by selecting certain columns and sorting the results of your query.

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Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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SQLite: Filtering & wildcards

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Learn SQL's powerful filtering syntax that allows you to customize queries and search for text using wildcards and multiple criteria.

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Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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SQLite: Grouping and counting data

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Use queries to aggregate your data, building groups to sum, average or count categories in your data.

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Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Excel: Getting started

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MaryJo Webster goes over some Excel basics: setting up a spreadsheet, using different cursors, formatting cells, sorting, and resizing rows and columns. She also covers some best practices for working in Excel.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel: Sorting your data

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Learn how to sort data in Excel. IRE trainer Sarah Hutchins walks through best practices and explains what you can (and can’t) do when sorting your data in a spreadsheet.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

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Excel: Filtering your data

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This video covers best practices for filtering data in Excel. IRE trainer Sarah Hutchins will walk through how to use filters to narrow a large data set. She will discuss how to filter on one or more columns, and explain some potential pitfalls to avoid when working with filtered data.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

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Excel: Grouping your data with pivot tables

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Learn the very basics of Pivot Tables. IRE trainer Sarah Hutchins explains how to:

* Create a pivot table in Excel

* Use the Rows and Values boxes to group data and do math on those groupings

* Change the type of calculation Excel provides (SUM, AVERAGE, MIN, MAX)

* See the data behind a pivot table calculation

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

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Excel: Best practices for working with a new spreadsheet

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Nate Carlisle walks through how to check your data and explains why you should keep a log when working with a new spreadsheet in Excel.

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Nate Carlisle, Salt Lake Tribune 👇

Nate Carlisle has been a reporter at the Salt Lake Tribune since 2005. Once the pandemic arrived, he left the polygamy beat to cover COVID-19 in Utah. He also teaches investigative journalism at the University of Utah. He previously worked at The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

On Twitter: @natecarlisle

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Excel Magic: String functions I: LEFT, RIGHT, MID

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MaryJo Webster provides an introduction to Excel’s string functions and demonstrates how LEFT, RIGHT and MID can be used to parse text. In this video, MaryJo uses zip codes to show how string functions work.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel Magic: String Functions II: Using the SEARCH function to split names

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MaryJo Webster demonstrates how to use Excel’s LEFT and MID functions to split a column of full names into two columns – one for first name, one for last name. She also introduces the SEARCH function and explains how it’s useful in string functions.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel Magic: Combining information using CONCATENATE

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MaryJo Webster explains how to combine multiple pieces of information into a single cell using Excel’s CONCATENATE function. In this example, MaryJo combines a street address, city, state and zip code to create a complete address. She also demonstrates how to use the TRIM function to eliminate leading or trailing spaces.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel Magic: IF functions I: The basics

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MaryJo Webster uses data on NFL games to demonstrate how IF functions work in Excel. IF functions allow you to assign categories to data (like ‘win’ or ‘loss’) and can also help you with data cleaning. She also explains how to rename cell addresses.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel Magic: IF functions II: Calculating salaries and raises

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MaryJo Webster uses salary data to explain how Excel’s IF function can be used to easily calculate salaries and raises.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel Magic: IF Functions III: Using IF functions to rearrange data

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Sometimes data comes in difficult, seemingly unusable formats. In this video, MaryJo Webster uses Minnesota crime data to explain how Excel’s IF function can be used to rearrange messy, report-style data and turn it into something easy to sort, filter or analyze.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel Magic: IF Functions IV: Nesting IF functions

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MaryJo Webster explains how to combine IF functions. In this example, she demonstrates how to take scores and, using IF functions, assign them to categories of “excellent,” “above average” and “below average.”

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel Magic: Separating dates with YEAR, MONTH, DAY and WEEKDAY

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MaryJo Webster uses crime data to show how Excel’s YEAR, MONTH, DAY and WEEKDAY functions can make quick work of parsing dates, making them easier to sort, filer or analyze. If you have trouble getting your dates to display correctly, MaryJo also explains how to format your cells.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel Magic: Connecting data sets using VLOOKUP

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MaryJo Webster explains how to connect two data sets using Excel’s VLOOKUP function. In this example, she shows how to connect a database with numeric county codes to a related lookup table that contains the county’s code and name. She is then able to replace the code in her main database with the county name.

This video focuses on using VLOOKUP for exact matches.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel Magic: Using VLOOKUP to create categories in data

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MaryJo Webster explains how to use VLOOKUP to create categories in crime data. In this example, she looks at the time each offense occurred and uses a small lookup table of police shifts to categorize the offenses as happening on the night, morning or afternoon shift.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Excel Magic: Turning columns into rows using TRANSPOSE

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Ever wish the columns in your spreadsheet were actually rows (or vise versa)? In this video, MaryJo Webster will demonstrate how to easily make that structural change using Excel’s TRANSPOSE feature.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster has been a data journalist for about 20 years. She has been at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis since 2015. Prior stints include the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Digital First Media, USA Today, the Center for Public Integrity and Investigative Reporters & Editors. She started her career as a beat reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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Google Sheets: Sorting and filtering

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Jonathan Stoneman shows how to sort and filter data in Google Sheets.

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Speaker

Jonathan Stoneman, Freelance trainer 👇

Jonathan is a trainer from the United Kingdom. A former BBC journalist, he has been a freelancer since 2010, specialising mainly in data.

On Twitter: @stonepeople

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Google Sheets: Using pivot tables

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Jonathan Stoneman explains how to use Google Sheets and pivot tables to analyze data on political donations in the U.K.

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Jonathan Stoneman, Freelance trainer 👇

Jonathan is a trainer from the United Kingdom. A former BBC journalist, he has been a freelancer since 2010, specialising mainly in data.

On Twitter: @stonepeople

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Google Sheets: Scraping data from the web

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Samantha Sunne walks you through how to scrape data from the web using a formula in Google Sheets.

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Samantha Sunne, Independent journalist 👇

Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She speaks at conferences, universities and newsrooms around the world, teaching digital tools and tech literacy for journalists. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, NPR and Reuters, and it was recommended by the Poynter Institute and the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

On Twitter: @samanthasunne

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Google Sheets: RSS scraping

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Samantha Sunne shows how the ImportFeed function in Google Sheets can help you scrape RSS feeds, or content that gets updated regularly online.

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Samantha Sunne, Independent journalist 👇

Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She speaks at conferences, universities and newsrooms around the world, teaching digital tools and tech literacy for journalists. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, NPR and Reuters, and it was recommended by the Poynter Institute and the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

On Twitter: @samanthasunne

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Tableau: Importing data

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Get started with Tableau, a powerful software to build interactive graphs, charts and maps without any programming. For these videos, you can use either Tableau Public (free to anyone) or Tableau Desktop (usually a paid service which is free to IRE members). To activate your free Tableau Desktop membership, email amy@ire.org, and allow up to several weeks for activation.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Tableau: Building your first chart

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After importing your data, learn how to build your first chart in a Tableau worksheet.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Tableau: Building a basic choropleth map

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Build a choropleth map — a map of color-coded geographies — in Tableau.

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Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Tableau: Filtering data

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In Tableau, you can filter data to focus on the particular story you are trying to tell, or you can build filters for your users to explore the data on their own.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Tableau: Creating a calculated field

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Tableau allows some data manipulation. Learn how to build calculated fields for your visualization.

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Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Tableau: Joining data

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Learn how to bring two different datasets into Tableau and join them to include in one visualization.

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Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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Tableau: Pivoting data

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Tableau prefers data to be long instead of wide. This video will show you what that means and how to convert your data into a more usable format with Tableau's pivot data feature.

Note: This session is pre-recorded and available any time during and after the conference.

Speaker

Charles Minshew, IRE/NICAR 👇

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